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Saurichthys (Pisces, Actinopterygii) teeth from the Lower Triassic of Spitsbergen, with comments on their stable isotope composition (δ13C and δ18O) and X−ray microtomography

Błażej Błażejowski
  • Corresponding author
  • Instytut Paleobiologii PAN, ul. Twarda 51/55, 00−818 Warszawa, Poland
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/ Christopher J. Duffin
  • Department of Palaeontology, Natural History Museum, 146 Church Hill Road, Sutton, Surrey SM3 8NF, UK
/ Piotr Gieszcz
  • Stowarzyszenie Klimatologów Polskich, ul. Krakowskie Przedmieście 30, 00−927 Warszawa, Poland
/ Krzysztof Małkowski
  • Instytut Paleobiologii PAN, ul. Twarda 51/55, 00−818 Warszawa, Poland
/ Marcin Binkowski
  • Laboratorium mikrotomografii, Wydział Informatyki i Nauki o Materiałach, Uniwersytet Śląski, ul. 75 Pułku Piechoty 1, 41−500 Chorzów, Poland
/ Michał Walczak
  • Laboratorium mikrotomografii, Wydział Informatyki i Nauki o Materiałach, Uniwersytet Śląski, ul. 75 Pułku Piechoty 1, 41−500 Chorzów, Poland
/ Samuel A. Mcdonald
  • School of Materials, The University of Manchester, Manchester, M13 9PL, UK
/ Philip J. Withers
  • School of Materials, The University of Manchester, Manchester, M13 9PL, UK
Published Online: 2013-02-26 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/popore-2013-0007


A rich collection of exceptionally preserved Lower Triassic fossil fish remains obtained during the Polish Spitsbergen Expedition of 2005 includes many isolated teeth be− lieved to belong to a saurichthyid actinopterygian. Stable isotope analysis (δ13C and δ18O) of putative Saurichthys teeth from the Hornsund area (South Spitsbergen) acting as a paleoenvironmental proxy has permitted trophic−level reconstruction and comparison with other Lower Triassic fish teeth from the same location. The broader range of δ13C values ob− tained for durophagous teeth of the hybodont selachian, Lissodus, probably reflects its mi− gratory behaviour and perhaps a greater feeding diversity. X−ray microcomputed tomogra− phy (XMT), a non−destructive technique, is used for the first time in order to elucidate de− tails of tooth histology, the results of which suggest that the method has considerable poten− tial as a future analytical tool.

Keywords : Arctic; Svalbard; fish teeth; stable isotopes; x−ray microtomography; Lower Triassic

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