Kaberlaba quarry, near Asiago (Jurassic to of Italy)

Where: Veneto, Italy (45.9° N, 11.5° E: paleocoordinates 33.5° N, 20.6° E)

• coordinate based on nearby landmark

• outcrop-level geographic resolution

When: Lithozone 5 Member (Rosso Ammonitico Veronese Formation), Late/Upper Callovian to Late/Upper Callovian (164.7 - 155.7 Ma)

• Middle Rosso Ammonitico Veronese (upper Callovian-middle Oxfordian)

•The fossil reptile described herein was collected from the upper cherty deposits of the MRAV (Lithozone 5 of Martire et al. 2006; Fig. 1B), which ranges in age from the uppermost Callovian to the middle Oxfordian

Environment/lithology: nodular, calcareous, cherty/siliceous mudstone

• All preserved elements were removed from a nodular and cherty interval of the exposed Middle Unit of the Rosso Ammonitico Veronese Formation (Middle-Upper Jurassic; sensu Martire et al. 2006)...This interval is characterized by the abundance of nodules and lenses of red chert, resulting in an irregular bedding style. Limestones are wackestones to packstones with common radiolarians and sponge spicules and minor thin-shelled bivalves.

Size class: macrofossils

• The relative articulation of preserved elements in the fossil indicates that the carcass suffered minimal to moderate disturbance and was buried in a low-energy environment

Collected in the 1980s

Collection methods: quarrying,

• MPPL, Museo Paleontologico e della Preistoria “Pietro Leonardi”, Ferrara, Italy.

Primary reference: A. Cau and F. Fanti. 2014. A pliosaurid (Reptilia, Plesiosauria) from the Rosso Ammonitico Veronese Formation of Italy. Acta Palaeontologica Polonica [R. Benson/R. Benson]more details

Purpose of describing collection: taxonomic analysis

PaleoDB collection 138979: authorized by Roger Benson, entered by Roger Benson on 05.02.2013

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Taxonomic list

• Besides the plesiosaurian bones, the other fossil remain found in the quarry were small and isolated shark teeth, possibly belonging to scavengers of the carcass

•Common radiolarians and sponge spicules and minor thin-shelled bivalves

 Sauropterygia - Pliosauridae
Pliosauridae indet. Seeley 1874 plesiosaur
MPPL 18797: partial skull and mandible; 32 isolated teeth; cervical, dorsal and caudal vertebrae; right scapulocoracoid; femur, two epipodials and isolated metapodial elements; additional broken undeterminated fragments