A new assemblage of ruminants from Paali in the lower Chitarwata Formation, Bugti Hills, Balochistan, central Pakistan, includes two lophiomerycids, Lophiomeryx, and Nalameryx gen. nov., allowing revision of ruminants previously reported from the Oligocene of the Indian Subcontinent. Two species are referred to Nalameryx: N. savagei (formerly Iberomeryx savagei), and N. sulaimani nov. sp. The middle Oligocene age previously assigned to the lower unit of the Chitarwata Formation in the Bugti area, mostly based on the rodent fauna from Paali, is supported by the composition of the ruminant fauna, which consists of taxa exclusively known in the Oligocene of Eurasia. The new ruminant fauna from Paali is clearly distinct from the early Miocene assemblages known in the Bugti hills, and suggests the existence of densely forested habitat probably mixed with more open areas in central Pakistan during the middle Oligocene.
You have requested a machine translation of selected content from our databases. This functionality is provided solely for your convenience and is in no way intended to replace human translation. Neither BioOne nor the owners and publishers of the content make, and they explicitly disclaim, any express or implied representations or warranties of any kind, including, without limitation, representations and warranties as to the functionality of the translation feature or the accuracy or completeness of the translations.
Translations are not retained in our system. Your use of this feature and the translations is subject to all use restrictions contained in the Terms and Conditions of Use of the BioOne website.
Vol. 29 • No. 1