Aulie, Mikhailovka, Karatau [PIN Loc. 2585] (Jurassic to of Kazakhstan)

Also known as Michailovka locality, Karatau Ridge

Where: OngtÞstik Qazaqstan, Kazakhstan (43.0° N, 69.0° E: paleocoordinates 41.2° N, 72.6° E)

• coordinate based on nearby landmark

• outcrop-level geographic resolution

When: Karabastau Formation, Oxfordian to Oxfordian (163.5 - 152.1 Ma)

• "These beds, often referred to as the 'rybnye slantsy' (= fish shales), form part of the upper sequence of the Karabastau Formation and have been dated as early Late Jurassic on the basis of plant remains"

Environment/lithology: lacustrine - large; gray, calcareous shale

• "a long, narrow, intermontane lake"
• "extremely fine grained, grey bituminous paper shales"

•"horizontal, thinly bedded carbonate shales" (Hecht & Hecht 1984)

Size classes: macrofossils, mesofossils, microfossils

Preservation: adpression, soft parts

Collected by M. A. Vedenyapin, A. G. Sharov, V. V. Shevchenko in 1933, 1946; reposited in the PIN

Collection methods: quarrying, surface (in situ),

Primary reference: A. N. Riabinin. 1948. Zametka o letayushchem yashchere iz yury Kara-Tau [Note about a flying reptile from the Jurassic of Kara-Tau]. Trudy Paleontologicheskogo Instituta Akademiy Nauk SSSR 1:86-93 [M. Carrano/M. Carrano]more details

Purpose of describing collection: general faunal/floral analysis

PaleoDB collection 92136: authorized by Richard Butler, entered by Richard Butler on 02.11.2009, edited by Roger Benson and Matthew Carrano

Creative Commons license: CC BY (attribution)

Taxonomic list

• Many invertebrates, plants and other vertebrates are reported, but it is not clear which are from this particular locality and which are from the broader Karatau fauna
 Palaeonisciformes - Coccolepidae
Coccolepis sp.2 Agassiz 1843
 Caudata - Karauridae
Karaurus sharovi n. gen. n. sp.2
Karaurus sharovi n. gen. n. sp.2 Ivachnenko 1978 salamander
PIN 2585/2, Complete skeleton
 Testudines -
Yaxartemys longicauda2 Ryabinin 1948 turtle
 Saurischia -
Theropoda indet.1 theropod
limb bone
 Praeornithiformes - Praeornithidae
Praeornis sharovi n. gen. n. sp.3
Praeornis sharovi n. gen. n. sp.3 Rautian 1978 bird
PIN 2585/32, flight feather
 Pterosauria - Anurognathidae
Batrachognathus volans n. gen. n. sp.
Batrachognathus volans n. gen. n. sp. Riabinin 1948 pterosaur
PIN 52-2 (holotype), well-preserved skull and partial postcranium. PIN 2585/4a, heavily crushed skull and postcrania
 Pterosauria - Rhamphorhynchidae
Sordes pilosus n. gen. n. sp.4
Sordes pilosus n. gen. n. sp.4 Sharov 1971 pterosaur
PIN 2585/3 (holotype), almost complete skeleton with soft tissues. Remains of another seven individuals.
 Loricata -
Karatausuchus sharovi n. gen. n. sp.5
Karatausuchus sharovi n. gen. n. sp.5 Efimov 1976 crocodilian
PIN 2585/1 - holotype (complete but poorly preserved skeleton of a juvenile)
 Squamata - Paramacellodidae
Sharovisaurus karatauensis n. gen. n. sp.2 Hecht and Hecht 1984 squamates
PIN 2585/26 (holotype skeleton), 2585/41 (partial tail)