|Field sampling bias, museum collections and completeness of the fossilrecord|In: Lethaia. WILEY-BLACKWELL PUBLISHING, INC: Oslo. ISSN 0024-1164, more
echinoderms; fossil record; museums; sampling; Upper Cretaceous
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- Hunter, A.W.
- Donovan, S.K.
Museum specimens, particularly old collections, typically lack comprehensive field data and determination of substrate, sampling biases, etc., is problematic. Diversity at the generic level of all identifiable latest Cretaceous (Campanian-Maastrichtian) echinoderm remains in major museum collections from the Mons (southern Belgium) and Danish (Jylland (Jutland) and Sjaelland (Zealand)) basins were compared to those of the Liege-Limburg Basin. The last-named has been studied in detail, including microscopical analysis of ossicles picked from bulk samples. Echinoids of the Mons Basin show similarities to those of the Liege-Limburg Basin, but crinoids, asteroids and ophiuroids remain poorly known from the former. Echinoderms of the Danish Basin resemble those of similar chalk lithofacies in the Liege-Limburg Basin, despite significant geographical separation. These disparities can be explained, at least in part, by collector bias in sampling methodology, although differences in substrate presumably also had an influence.