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1 September 2009 Osteology of Zalmoxes shqiperorum (Dinosauria, Ornithopoda), based on new specimens from the Upper Cretaceous of Năălaţţ-Vad (Romania)
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Godefroit P., Codrea V. & Weishampel D. B. 2009. — Osteology of Zalmoxes shqiperorum (Dinosauria, Ornithopoda), based on new specimens from the Upper Cretaceous of Năălaţţ-Vad (Romania). Geodiversitas 31 (3) : 525-553.

Năălaţţ-Vad is a new fossil locality discovered in 2002 in the Săănpetru Formation (Maastrichtian, Late Cretaceous) of the Haţţeg Basin (Transylvania, Romania). This site has, among others, yielded the most complete skeleton that can be referred to the ornithopods dinosaur Zalmoxes shqiperorum Weishampel, Jianu, Cziki & Norman, 2003, but also isolated elements belonging to both juveniles and adult individuals. This material provides new information about the anatomy of Z. shqiperorum, and about the inter- and intraspecific variability within Zalmoxes. Zalmoxes robustus (Nopsca, 1902) and Z. shqiperorum were apparently sympatric species in Transylvania by latest Cretaceous time. The co-existence in the same locality of two closely-related species is not an isolated case among ornithopod dinosaurs.

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Pascal Godefroit, Vlad Codrea, and David B. Weishampel "Osteology of Zalmoxes shqiperorum (Dinosauria, Ornithopoda), based on new specimens from the Upper Cretaceous of Năălaţţ-Vad (Romania)," Geodiversitas 31(3), 525-553, (1 September 2009). https://doi.org/10.5252/g2009n3a3
Received: 5 October 2007; Accepted: 1 December 2008; Published: 1 September 2009
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