Modernist architecture in Barcelona reveals a new trace fossil from the Miocene of Montjuïc (NE Spain)

Authors

  • Z. BELAÚSTEGUI Universitat de Barcelona
  • A. BELAÚSTEGUI Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

Keywords:

Lapillitubus montjuichensis, Bioturbation, Miocene, Architectural Modernism, Barcelona

Abstract

A new ichnotaxon, Lapillitubus montjuichensis n. i gen. n. isp., is described from the middle Miocene (Serravallian) of Montjuïc mountain (Barcelona, northeastern Spain). This ichnotaxon consists of a horizontal to vertical, cylindrical burrow with an agglutinated lining exclusively composed of lithoclasts. Lapillitubus montjuichensis is interpreted as the result of the burrowing activity of a deposit- or suspension-feeding annelid worm. This new ichnotaxon extends the record of the informal group known as clast-armored or agglutinated trace fossils. In addition, since part of its type material is located in the blocks that make up the façades of several modernist buildings in the city of Barcelona, this new ichnotaxon highlights the importance of fossils in urban settings for those cases in which natural outcrops are reduced, restricted or even missing.

Author Biography

Z. BELAÚSTEGUI, Universitat de Barcelona

Dept. Dinàmica de la Terra i de l'Oceà

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Published

2017-09-04

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