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Front. Earth Sci. | doi: 10.3389/feart.2019.00282

Corrigendum: Spatiotemporal Distributions of Non-ophidian Ophidiomorphs, With Implications for Their Origin, Radiation, and Extinction

  • 1Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta, Canada
  • 2Museum of Comparative Zoology and Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University, United States
  • 3Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Alberta, Canada

In the published article, there was an error in affiliation **Insert Number**. Instead of "**Insert incorrect version**", it should be "**Insert correct version**". The authors apologize for this error and state that this does not change the scientific conclusions of the article in any way. The original article has been updated.In the original article, there was an error. **The authors mentioned that the basal mosasauroid Portunatasaurus krambergeri was from the Cenomanian of Hvar Island, Croatia. The specimen actually originates from Cenomanian-Turonian outcrops on Dugi Otok. A dolichosaur has never been found on Dugi Otok, therefore the mention of Portunatasaurus is irrelevant to the topic of this paper. Reference to Portunatasaurus should not have been included**.A correction has been made to ** SPATIOTEMPORAL DISTRIBUTION OF DOLICHOSAURS **, ** Cenomanian (Upper Cretaceous)**, ** Tethys: Adriatic Region**, ** Croatia**: ** Croatia-Roughly 300 km south of Komen, on the Dalmatian Coast of Croatia, is the Island of Hvar (Isola di Lesina). On the north side of this island, between the towns of Stari Grad and Jelsa is an outcrop of fossiliferous Late Cenomanian carbonates spanning the late Cenomanian to early Turonian (biostratigraphy; see Radovčić, 1973Radovčić, , 1975Herak et al, 1976;Sarı and Özer, 2009). This outcrop is the most likely origin of a myriad of shallow marine squamates (Herak, 1959;Langer, 1961;Herak et al., 1976). Like the fossils from Komen, the dolichosaurs and aigialosaurs discovered here are among the first described representatives of their respective families. Adriosaurus suessi (Seeley, 1881), Pontosaurus lesinensis (Kornhuber, 1873; Kramberger, 1892), Mesoleptos zendrinii (Cornalia, 1852), a new species of undescribed Pontosaurus (Campbell Mekarski and Caldwell, personal observation), and several indeterminate dolichosaur remains make up the described dolichosaur fanua. Among the basal mosasauroids, the monotypic holotypes of Aigialosaurus dalmaticus, Aigialosaurus bucchichi, and Aigialosaurus novaki originate from Hvar (Kramberger, 1892;Kornhuber, 1901). Interestingly, Hvar has produced the single known specimen of P. lesinensis, Pontosaurus sp. nov., A. dalmaticus, A. bucchichi, and A. novaki, indicating a different ecosystem structure than the paleoenvironment at Komen even though the fossiliferous layers containing the lizards are also dated to the late Cenomanian (Starigrad Formation;Marinčić, 1997;Diedrich et al., 2011). The depositional setting at Hvar was a highly restricted shallow marine environment, most likely in very shallow lagoons surrounded by rudist reefs on an inner platform close to the shore (Radovčić et al., 1983;Fuček et al., 1990;Diedrich et al., 2011). The facies containing abundant rudist fossils is also rich in benthic organisms including mussels, clams, worms, echinoids, oysters and other sparsely preserved organisms of various environmental origin including land plants, fishes of the shallow shelf, and cephalopods of the deeper shelf (Radovčić, 1975;Radovčić et al., 1983;Diedrich et al., 2011).**

Keywords: Paleoecology, distrubution, ophidiomorphs, Dolichosaurs, Cretaceous, spatiotemporal, Squamata

Received: 28 Sep 2019; Accepted: 17 Oct 2019.

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* Correspondence: Dr. Michelle C. Mekarski, University of Alberta, Department of Biological Sciences, Edmonton, Canada, mmc7@ualberta.ca