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Upper Cretaceous dinosaur locality at Kozina: paleoecology, taphonomy and stratigraphy

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Code Science Field Subfield
1.06.02  Natural sciences and mathematics  Geology  Palaeontology and biostratigraphy 

Code Science Field
P006  Natural sciences and mathematics  Palaeontology 
P450  Natural sciences and mathematics  Stratigraphy 
dinosaurs, fossil vertebrates, Late Cretaceous, Adriatic-Dinaric carbonate platform, paleoecology, taphonomy, stratigraphy, sedimentology
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Researchers (3)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  17351  Kata Cvetko-Barić    Researcher  2002 - 2004 
2.  13607  PhD Adrijan Košir  Geology  Researcher  2002 - 2004  243 
3.  08229  PhD Vasja Mikuž  Geology  Head  2002 - 2004  353 
Organisations (2)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  0618  Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts  Ljubljana  5105498000  61,799 
2.  1555  University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Natural Sciences and Engeneering  Ljubljana  1627074  19,906 
The aim of the project is to undertake an integrated paleoecological and stratigraphical study of the dinosaur-bearing deposits which have recently been discovered within the Upper Cretaceous carbonate platform succession near Kozina, SW Slovenia. A diverse assemblage of terrestrial vertebrates occurs in a paleokarstic cavity infilling. The paleokarst and associated terrestrial deposits are related to the formation of a major regional unconformity on the Adriatic-Dinaric Carbonate Platform. The objectives of the study are to perform: (1) systematic sampling of the vertebrate-bearing sediments and carbonate successions underlying and overlying the paleokarstic unconformity, (2) facies analysis of shallow marine and palustrine carbonates and of paleokrastic sediments and pedogenic horizons, (3) taphonomical study of the vertebrate-bearing sediments, and (4) biostratigraphical study of the entire succession. The result of this research will be a model of paleoenvironmental evolution of the area and a reconstruction of the formation of the vertebrate thanatocenosis. Biostratigraphical study will enable more precise age-assignment of the carbonate succession, dating of formation of the paleokarst and deposition of the vertebrate-bearing sediments. Biostratigraphical data will represent a basis for reliable paleogeographical reconstructions and biogeographical studies of dinosaurs of the Peri-Adriatic domain.
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