Preliminary report on a dinosaur tracksite from Lower Cretaceous strata in Mount Lebanon

  • Raymond Gèze
  • Isabelle Veltz
  • Jean-Claude Paicheler
  • Bruno GranierEmail author
  • Roland Habchi
  • Dany Azar
  • Sibelle Maksoud
Original Paper


A dinosaur tracksite was discovered in Batha on the side of the road from Harissa to Ghosta (Keserwan, Lebanon). About ten trackways are exposed at the top of two beds of Lower Cretaceous limestones over an area of approximately 1000 m2. These footprints were probably made by at least two dinosaur species, Sauropoda and either Theropoda or Ornithopoda. The site, which is the first record from Lebanon, should be protected to allow further scientific investigations.


Dinosaurs Lebanon Lower Cretaceous Jezzinian Tracks Footprints Ichnites 



This research is a contribution to project N° 30959NJ - PHC CEDRE 2014, supported by of the research project of Hubert-Curien Partnership program (PHC) CEDRE, implemented in Lebanon and France by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Ministère des Affaires étrangères, MAE) and the Ministry of Higher Education and Research (Ministère de l’Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche, MESR) led by Bruno Granier (France) and Dany Azar (Lebanon). This paper is also a contribution of the team project “Biodiversity: Origin, Structure, Evolution and Geology” led by Dany Azar at the Lebanese University. This work has been partially funded with support from the National Council for Scientific Research in Lebanon within the project: “Holostratigraphy of the “falaise de Blanche” formation and updating of the geological maps” allotted to Dany Azar. Finally, the authors are grateful to the reviewers for their detailed critical reviews of the original manuscript and also to Phil Salvador who helped polishing the English text.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Raymond Gèze
    • 1
  • Isabelle Veltz
    • 2
  • Jean-Claude Paicheler
    • 2
  • Bruno Granier
    • 3
    • 4
    Email author
  • Roland Habchi
    • 5
  • Dany Azar
    • 1
    • 6
  • Sibelle Maksoud
    • 1
    • 6
  1. 1.Faculty of Sciences II, Earth and Life Sciences DepartmentLebanese UniversityFanar – MatnLebanon
  2. 2.Laboratoire des Sciences de la Terre et de l’EnvironnementReimsFrance
  3. 3.Département des Sciences de la Terre et de l’Univers, UFR Sciences et TechniquesUniversité de Bretagne OccidentaleBrestFrance
  4. 4.Department of Ecology and Evolutionary BiologyThe University of KansasLawrenceUSA
  5. 5.Research Platform for Nanosciences and NanotechnologiesLebanese UniversityFanarLebanon
  6. 6.Nanjing Institute of Geology and PalaeontologyChinese Academy of SciencesNanjingPeople’s Republic of China

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