Mihai's Paleobotany Chronicles

Lower Jurassic sauropod tracks in Anina, Caras-Severin County, Romania

Anina represents a fossile-Lagerstatte locality in the South Carpathians, Resita Basin, with an exuberant, very diverse and well preserved paleoflora, within the Lower Jurassic deposits of the continental Steierdorf Formation. Tetrapod tracks (Batrachopus cf. deweyi, in Popa, 1999), vertebrate burrows (Popa and Kedzior, 2006), and recently, sauropod tracks were discovered (Pienkowski et al. 2009), assigned to Parabrontopodus sp. This discovery was undertaken thanks to the attentive observations of Dr. Grzegorz Pienkowski, during the IGCP 506 meeting in Romania.

Pienkowski, G., Popa, M.E. and Kedzior, A., 2009. Early Jurassic sauropod footprints of the Southern Carpathians, Romania: palaeobiological and palaeogeographical significance. Geological Quarterly, 53(4): 461-470. Full text in PDF format.

Popa, M.E., 2000. First find of Mesozoic tetrapod tracks in Romania. Acta Palaeontologica Romaniae, 2: 387-390. Full text in PDF format.

Popa, M.E. & Kedzior, A., 2006, Preliminary results on the Steierdorf Formation in Anina, Romania, in Csiki, Z. (Ed.), Mesozoic and Cenozoic vertebrates and paleoenvironments, p. 197-201, Ars Docendi, Bucharest. Full text in PDF format.