Plant mesofossil-based environmental reconstruction of the Late Cretaceous in the Bakony Mts.

2018 Mar. 14.

What was the world in the time of the Hungarian dinosaurs look like?

The project looks for the answer of this question on the bases of small plant remains. In Europe there are less than a dozen Late-Cretaceous localities where plant remnants are fossilised together with vertebrate remains as in the case of the worldwide famous Iharkút locality. From the locality in the Bakony Mts. more than 10.000 plant mesofossils (mainly seeds and fruits) were found. These were not studied in details until now, however they can play the key role in describing the palaeoenvironment and past climate of the area, because the plants are very sensitive for the environmental changes (as soil, water, temperature). 

I will look for the isochronous layers in the drillcores of the area with the most precise usable method there. The study of the plant mesofossils there can help to reconstruct the vegetation of the ancient island.

Recent project has been implemented with the support provided from the National Research, Development and Innovation Fund of Hungary, financed under the PD-124971 and FK-1251 funding schemes.