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New Data on Dinosaurs of the Crimean Peninsula

  • A. V. Lopatin
  • A. O. AverianovEmail author
  • V. R. Alifanov
General Biology


Reexamination of the holotype of Riabininohadros weberae from the Upper Cretaceous (upper Maastrichtian) of the Crimean Peninsula (Besh-Kosh) allowed determination of previously unknown elements of the femur, astragalus, and calcaneus. This taxon shows a set of primitive characters observed in iguanodontids and basal ornithischians and is referred to as Styracosterna indet. The second dinosaur specimen from Crimea (Aleshino) is a fragmentary skeleton, including cervical and dorsal vertebrae. It possibly belongs to advanced iguanodontids or primitive hadrosauroids. Thus, in the Maastrichtian of the Crimean Peninsula, at least two dinosaur species coexisted.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. V. Lopatin
    • 1
    • 2
  • A. O. Averianov
    • 3
    • 4
    • 5
    Email author
  • V. R. Alifanov
    • 1
  1. 1.Borissiak Paleontological InstituteRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia
  2. 2.Moscow State UniversityMoscowRussia
  3. 3.Zoological InstituteRussian Academy of SciencesSt. PetersburgRussia
  4. 4.Kazan (Volga Region) Federal UniversityKazanRussia
  5. 5.St. Petersburg State UniversitySt. PetersburgRussia

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