PALEOBIOGEOGRAPHIC SIGNIFICANCE OF CRETACEOUS CONTINENTAL VERTEBRATES FROM ANTARCTICA AND AUSTRALIA
Ongoing research efforts are enhancing our understanding of Cretaceous vertebrates from these austral continents. Coupled with continued paleontological explorations, studies of undescribed Late Cretaceous non-avian dinosaur and bird material from the Antarctic Peninsula promise to yield important new revelations on Antarctic faunas. Similarly, analyses of newly-discovered, exquisitely-preserved fossils from the Albian-Cenomanian of Queensland are providing unprecedented insight into the paleobiogeographic relationships of Australian mid-Cretaceous freshwater and terrestrial vertebrates. When integrated with other relevant paleogeographic and paleontological data, and analyzed using rigorous paleobiogeographic methods, these discoveries will bring us closer to a comprehensive assessment of the nature of the Cretaceous continental vertebrate faunas of Antarctica and Australia and their significance for the evolution and distribution of Gondwanan biotas.