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African Natural History

versión On-line ISSN 1816-8396

Afr. nat. history (Online) vol.5  Cape Town ene. 2009

 

Macroscaphites Meek, 1876, a heteromorph ammonite from the Lower Aptian of southern Mozambique and northern KwaZulu-Natal

 

 

William James KennedyI; Herbert Christian KlingerII; Mikheil V. KakabadzeIII

IOxford University Museum of Natural History, Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PW, U.K. E-mail: jim.kennedy@oum.ox.ac.uk
IINatural History Collections Department, Iziko South African Museum, P.O. Box 61, Cape Town, 8000 South Africa, and Department of Geological Sciences, University of Cape Town, Private Bag, Rondebosch, 7701 South Africa, E-mail: hklinger@iziko.org.za
IIIA. Janelidze Geological Institute of the Academy of Sciences of Georgia, M. Alexidze St., 1/9, Tbilisi 0193, Georgia. E-mail: mishakakab@hotmail.com

 

 


ABSTRACT

Macroscaphites soaresi (Da Silva 1962) is described from the Lower Aptian of southern Mozambique and northern KwaZulu. Macroscaphites and Costidiscus are regarded as a dimorphic pair. Apart from dubious records from Antarctica, these are the only records of Macroscaphites/Costidiscus from the southern hemisphere.

Key words: Macroscaphites, Lower Aptian, Mozambique, KwaZulu-Natal.


 

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

We thank the staff of the Department of Earth Sciences, Oxford, and the Oxford University Museum of Natural History for technical support. Kennedy acknowledges the financial support of the Oppenheimer Fund (Oxford) and Klinger thanks the NRF (South Africa).

 

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Received 16 March 2009
Accepted 8 April 2009

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