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Article: Sharks of the order Carcharhiniformes from the British Coniacian, Santonian and Campanian (Upper Cretaceous)

Publication: Palaeontology
Volume: 51
Part: 3
Publication Date: May 2008
Page(s): 509 536
Author(s): Charlie J. Underwood and David J. Ward
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UNDERWOOD, C. J., WARD, D. J. 2008. Sharks of the order Carcharhiniformes from the British Coniacian, Santonian and Campanian (Upper Cretaceous). Palaeontology51, 3, 509–536.

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Bulk sampling of phosphate-rich horizons within the British Coniacian to Campanian (Upper Cretaceous) yielded very large samples of shark and ray teeth. All of these samples yielded teeth of diverse members of the Carcharhiniformes, which commonly dominate the fauna. The following species are recorded and described: Pseudoscyliorhinus reussi (Herman, 1977) comb. nov., Crassescyliorhinus germanicus (Herman, 1982) gen. nov., Scyliorhinus elongatus (Davis, 1887), Scyliorhinus brumarivulensis sp. nov., ?Palaeoscyllium sp., Prohaploblepharus riegrafi (Müller, 1989) gen. nov., ?Cretascyliorhinus sp., Scyliorhinidae incertae sedis 1, Scyliorhinidae incertae sedis 2, Pteroscyllium hermani sp. nov., Protoscyliorhinus sp., Leptocharias cretaceus sp. nov., Palaeogaleus havreensis Herman, 1977, Paratriakis subserratus sp. nov., Paratriakis tenuis sp. nov., Paratriakis sp. indet. and ?Loxodon sp. Taxa belonging to the families ?Proscylliidae, Leptochariidae and Carcharhinidae are described from the Cretaceous for the first time. The evolutionary and palaeoecological implications of these newly recognised faunas are discussed.
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