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Diverse sauropod-theropod-dominated track assemblage from the Lower Cretaceous Dasheng Group of Eastern China: Testing the use of drones in footprint documentation
Xing, Lida1,2,3; Lockley, Martin G.4; Romilio, Anthony5; Klein, Hendrik6; Zhang, Junqiang7; Chen, Haiying8; Zhang, Jiajie8; Burns, Michael E.9; Wang, Xiaoli7
2018-04-01
Source PublicationCRETACEOUS RESEARCH
ISSN0195-6671
Volume84Pages:588-599
Abstract

The use of drones in the exploration and documentation of track surfaces in steep terrain, otherwise only accessible by time intensive climbing activity, is tested. Location is the Nanquan site, one of many now known footprint localities from the Lower Cretaceous Dasheng Group that has been recently exposed by local industrial excavation. It reveals an ichnofauna of sauropod, theropod, and ornithopod tracks and trackways occurring at multiple stratigraphic levels (at least 10) in a thin sequence of fine grained purple mudstones with thin sandstone units that are steeply inclined by >45. It was therefore necessary and most efficient to map the track-bearing surfaces using drone photography. The majority of track-bearing levels reveal sauropod tracks (cf. Brontopodus, cf. Parabrontopodus), which on some surfaces are very abundant. Large theropod tracks (cf. Grallator) and ornithopod tracks (Caririchnium) also occur, but only on single horizons. The ichnofauna is evidence of repeated activity by large dinosaurs in a fluviolacustrine floodplain setting susceptible to periodic desiccation. The Naquan site forms part of an extensive Dasheng Group outcrop belt with multiple tracks sites, most of these containing multiple track-bearing levels. As a result of the investigation, drone techniques can be recommended as an additional tool for quick documentation, in order to get a general overview and map of the track surface. Details are relatively distinct on the achieved photographs, however, a precise study still needs direct examination and documentation by classical outline drawings or photogrammetry. (C) 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

KeywordDrone Dinosaur Track Sauropoda Theropoda Ornithopoda Early Cretaceous
DOI10.1016/j.cretres.2017.12.012
Language英语
WOS KeywordShandong Province ; Dinosaur ; Ichnotaxonomy ; County ; Korea
Funding ProjectNational Natural Science Foundation of China[41772008] ; Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities[2652017215] ; State Key Laboratory of Palaeobiology and Stratigraphy, Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China[173127]
WOS Research AreaGeology ; Paleontology
WOS SubjectGeology ; Paleontology
WOS IDWOS:000426412900047
Funding OrganizationNational Natural Science Foundation of China ; Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities ; State Key Laboratory of Palaeobiology and Stratigraphy, Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
PublisherACADEMIC PRESS LTD- ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD
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Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.nigpas.ac.cn/handle/332004/18788
Collection中国科学院南京地质古生物研究所
Corresponding AuthorXing, Lida
Affiliation1.China Univ Geosci, State Key Lab Biogeol & Environm Geol, Beijing 100083, Peoples R China
2.China Univ Geosci, Sch Earth Sci & Resources, Beijing 100083, Peoples R China
3.Chinese Acad Sci, Nanjing Inst Geol & Palaeontol, State Key Lab Palaeobiol & Stratig, Nanjing, Peoples R China
4.Univ Colorado, Dinosaur Tracks Museum, POB 173364, Denver, CO 80217 USA
5.Univ Queensland, Sch Biol Sci, Brisbane, Qld 4072, Australia
6.Saurierwelt Palaontol Museum, Alte Richt 7, D-92318 Neumarkt, Germany
7.Linyi Univ, Inst Geol & Paleontol, Shandong 276000, Peoples R China
8.Tsinghua Big Data Ind Assoc, Beijing 100084, Peoples R China
9.Jacksonville State Univ, Dept Biol, 700 Pelham Rd, Jacksonville, AL 36265 USA
First Author AffilicationNanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeonotology,CAS
Corresponding Author AffilicationNanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeonotology,CAS
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Xing, Lida,Lockley, Martin G.,Romilio, Anthony,et al. Diverse sauropod-theropod-dominated track assemblage from the Lower Cretaceous Dasheng Group of Eastern China: Testing the use of drones in footprint documentation[J]. CRETACEOUS RESEARCH,2018,84:588-599.
APA Xing, Lida.,Lockley, Martin G..,Romilio, Anthony.,Klein, Hendrik.,Zhang, Junqiang.,...&Wang, Xiaoli.(2018).Diverse sauropod-theropod-dominated track assemblage from the Lower Cretaceous Dasheng Group of Eastern China: Testing the use of drones in footprint documentation.CRETACEOUS RESEARCH,84,588-599.
MLA Xing, Lida,et al."Diverse sauropod-theropod-dominated track assemblage from the Lower Cretaceous Dasheng Group of Eastern China: Testing the use of drones in footprint documentation".CRETACEOUS RESEARCH 84(2018):588-599.
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