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African Natural History

On-line version ISSN 2305-7963
Print version ISSN 1816-8396

Afr. nat. history (Online) vol.4  Cape Town Jan. 2008


Hypermorphosis in Salaziceras, a Cretaceous ammonite, from Madagascar



William James KennedyI; Herbert Christian KlingerII

IOxford University Museum of Natural History, Parks Road, Oxford, 0X1 3PW, U.K. E-mail: jim.kennedy®
IINatural History Collections Department, Iziko South African Museum, P.O. Box 61. Cape Town, 8000 South Africa, E-mail:




An enigmatic ammonite from Mont Raynaud, Madagascar, originally referred to the Upper Cenomanian Calycoceras (Calycoceras ) naviculare (Mantell, 1822) is associated with an exclusively upper Upper Albian fauna. It is interpreted as a new, hypermorphic giant species of Salaziceras Breistroffer, 1936, S. lemoinei.

Keywords: Cretaceous, ammonite, Salaziceras, Hypermorphosis, Albian, Madagascar.


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We thank the late H. Gauthier for arranging access to the Sorbonne Collections, and the staff of the Department of Earth Sciences, Oxford, and the Geological Collections, Oxford University Museum ofNatural History, for technical support.



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Received 6 October 2008
Accepted 13 October 2008



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