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Underground dinosaur tracksite inside a karst of southern France: Early Jurassic tridactyl traces from the Dolomitic Formation of the Malaval Cave (Lozère)
Jean-David Moreau, Vincent Trincal, Daniel André, Louis Baret, Alain Jacquet, and Michel Wienin

  • Hettangian tridactyl dinosaur tracks were discovered in the Malaval Cave (southern France)
  • The tracksite was studied using photogrammetric imaging technique
  • More than 26 footprints of theropods were identified
  • The depositional environment varied from subtidal to intertidal/supratidal flat marsh
  • This work highlights the great interest to heighten palaeoichnological prospections in karsts


A world review of fungi, yeasts, and slime molds in caves
Karen J. Vanderwolf, David Malloch, Donald F. McAlpine, and Graham J. Forbes


Phosphate speleothems in caves developed in iron ores and laterites of the Carajás Mineral Province (Brazil) and a new occurrence of spheniscidite
Alan R.L. Albuquerque, Rômulo S. Angélica, Daniele F. Gonçalves, and Simone P.A. Paz

  • Bat guano is a potencial source of phosphorus to phosphate speleothems formation
  • The guano's geochemical signature is detected by increase of Zn, Ni, and Rb
  • Metals elements are bioaccumulate in the bat guano
  • The first occurrence of spheniscidite in cave developed in iron ores and laterites
  • The unit cell parameters for spheniscidite, obtained using Rietveld refinement, are slightly lower than those of the ICSD-39654 file


Subterranean systems provide a suitable overwintering habitat for Salamandra salamandra
Monika Balogová, Dušan Jelić, Michaela Kyselová, and Marcel Uhrin

  • The strong connection of the life cycle of fire salamanders with underground shelters
  • Observing of population size, survival, recapture probability of wintering populations
  • Karstic areas can induce group wintering in the fire salamander
  • Regular visits important for reliable estimate of the number of wintering individuals
  • Higher heterogeneity of habitat causes greater underestimating of the wintering population


Cave monitoring in the Béke and Baradla caves (Northeastern Hungary): implications for the conditions for the formation cave carbonates
György Czuppon, Attila Demény, Szabolcs Leél-Őssy, Mihály Óvari, Mihály Molnár, József Stieber, Klaudia Kiss, Krisztina Kármán, Gergely Surányi, and László Haszpra

  • Three years monitoring in Béke and Baradla Caves
  • Stable isotope and trace element measurements of drip waters and fresh calcite precipitates
  • Link between the chemistry of the drip water and the hydrological conditions
  • Sign of prior calcite precipitation
  • Link between the stable isotope composition of fresh calcite precipitates and the hydrological conditions

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