Original paper

Coleoid cephalopods from the plattenkalks of the Upper Jurassic of Southern Germany and from the Upper Cretaceous of Lebanon A faunal comparison

Fuchs, Dirk


The coleoid diversity of the Southern Germany and Lebanon plattenkalks is presented. Both deposits are dominated by vampyropod coleoids. Morphological comparisons suggest that the Upper Cretaceous (Cenomanian - Santonian) Lebanon fauna includes a mixture of almost unmodified (Trachyteuthis, Dorateuthis), slightly modified (Glyphiteuthis, Rachiteuthis) as well as strongly modified (Palaeoctopus) vampyropods compared to the Upper Jurassic (Tithonian) Solnhofen fauna. In both Konservat-Lagerstätten belemnoid coleoids are rare. There is no evidence for the presence of decabrachiate coleoids neither in the Solnhofen nor in the Lebanon plattenkalks.


coleoideadiversityfossil recordmorphologyfossil-lagerstattensolnhofenlebanon