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The Southern Provinces

Richard P. Hilton

in Dinosaurs and Other Mesozoic Reptiles of California

Published by University of California Press

Published in print August 2003 | ISBN: 9780520233157
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520928459 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520233157.003.0007
The Southern Provinces

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This chapter discusses the Mesozoic fossil discoveries in the southern provinces of California. The Transverse Ranges Province is the site of discovery of the partial remains of two elasmosaurid plesiosaurs. To the east of the Transverse Ranges Province lies the Mojave Desert Province, where dinosaur footprints and trackways were discovered in the Early Jurassic Aztec Sandstone of San Bernardino County. In the Peninsular Ranges Province of Alta California, reptilian remains have been found in coastal areas in both Orange County and San Diego County, in the Mesozoic marine rocks between the Santa Ana Mountains and the Pacific Ocean.

Keywords: southern provinces; Transverse Ranges Province; elasmosaurid plesiosaurs; Mojave Desert Province; Aztec Sandstone; Peninsular Ranges Province

Chapter.  8249 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Evolutionary Biology

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