A study of aquatic and terrestrial vertebrate remains from a bonebed in the Late Triassic continental succession near Krasiejów (S Poland) shows it was deposited by a single catastrophic event, perhaps a flood. Hardparts of Metoposaurus, Paleorhinus, and Stagonolepis show sedimentary infill and geochemical evidence for early diagenesis at different times and in different microenvironments. The infills in the aquatic animal bones (sediment, pyrite and calcite) show deposition in a freshwater environment, while those in the terrestrial Stagonolepis remains (mainly barite) point to an arid terrestial environment. The trace element content of the remains, together with the absence of a distinct pattern of element distribution, supports the conclusion that individual hardparts underwent diagenesis in various microenvironments and at different times. The accumulation of multitaxic vertebrate remains in a single bed clearly indicates event deposition. The hardparts must originally have been deposited at various locations during different times, but were later transported and deposited together in a pond by a short-lived, high-energy event, probably a flood after catastrophic rainfall.
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