Some new records of Late Carboniferous (Pennsylvanian: Westphalian) dragonflies (Odonatoptera: Meganisoptera) from Piesberg near Osnabrück, Germany

Publication Type:Conference Paper
Year of Publication:2016
Authors:W. Zessin, BRAUCKMANN, C. A. R. S. T. E. N., Gröning, E.
Conference Name:The 7th International Conference on Fossil Insects, Arthropods and Amber
Date Published:26/04/2016
Publisher:Siri Scientific Press
Conference Location:National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

The active large quarry within Piesberg N Osnabrück, Lower Saxony, Germany, has been an important Late Carboniferous (Pennsylvanian: Westphalian C/D) fossil locality for a long time. It is mainly known for its rich and exceptionally preserved flora but, as yet, has been rather less known for its fauna. There have been found non-marine (limnic) animals, e.g. Bivalvia (Anthraconauta), Xiphosura (Euproops), and Vertebrata (scales of Palaeoniscidae and egg capsules of Chondrichthyes). Of particular significance are terrestrial Arthropoda like Arachnida (Eoscorpius, Aphantomartus), Arthropleurida (Arthropleura), and Insecta, which have been collected during the last three decades. The insects are mainly preserved as wings. Among the insects there are about 20 specimens of Odonatoptera: Meganisoptera, of which only Erasipterella piesbergensis Brauckmann, 1983 and Piesbergtupus hielscheri Zessin, 2006 have already been named. All the other specimens are undescribed and are documented here for the first time. One of them consists of four wings and other body parts. Thus, the Piesberg Fossil-Lagerstätte is one of the most important localities for Carboniferous Odonatoptera in Europe. Some of the photographs show the Piesberg quarry as it developed during the last few years. A description of the fossils is in preparation by the authors.

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