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Fossil mammals of the Quebrada de los Colorados Formation (late middle Eocene) at the locality of La Poma, Salta Province, Argentina


Author(s)

Daniel A. García-López, Virginia Deraco & Cecilia del Papa


Abstract:

An anatomical and taxonomic analysis of the mammalian record in the locality of La Poma in Salta Province, Argentina, is here presented. This record consists in two specimens exhumed in levels of the Quebrada de los Colorados Formation referred to the middle late Eocene. The first specimen is represented by a partial skull preserving mostly the rostrum and some dental pieces and was identified as a member of Leontiniidae, although it does not bear enough information for generic or specific determination. The second specimen is represented by more complete material, preserving much of the dentition. It was identified as a new species of the genus Pampahippus, traditionally included in the paraphyletic family Notohippidae. The leontiniid here studied presents several plesiomorphic features identified in other taxa of northwestern Argentina, and this material represents a new example of a pre-Deseadan basal morphotype within the family. Regarding the new species of Pampahippus, it shows clear signs of rising hypsodonty, representing the first case for a notoungulate lineage in the Paleogene of northwestern Argentina.

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http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/08912963.2017.1299150

Lurdes Fonseca

Assistant Professor and Researcher at University of Lisbon
Sociologist (PhD), Paleontologist (Researcher in Micropaleontology), Majors in Sociology and Biology, Minor in Geology. Main interests in Paleontology: Microfossils, Molecular fossils, Paleobiology and Paleoecology. (read more about me)