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1 May 2012 A Rich Community of Felidae (Mammalia, Carnivora) from the Late Miocene (Turolian, MN 13) Site of Las Casiones (Villalba Baja, Teruel, Spain)
Manuel J. Salesa, María Dolores Pesquero, Gema Siliceo, Mauricio Antón, Luis Alcalá, Jorge Morales
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Abstract

Several new fossil remains of Felidae from the late Miocene (Turolian age, MN 13, local zone M2) locality of Las Casiones (near the village of Villalge Baja, Teruel, Spain) are studied in the present paper. This felid community includes the machairodontines Amphimachairodus giganteus, Paramachaerodus orientalis, and Metailurus major, and the felines Pristifelis attica and a small, undetermined species, previously unknown in the late Miocene. With this high diversity of felids, the environment of Las Casiones was probably relatively vegetated, with shrubs and trees that allowed smaller felid species to avoid dangerous encounters with the larger ones.

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Manuel J. Salesa, María Dolores Pesquero, Gema Siliceo, Mauricio Antón, Luis Alcalá, and Jorge Morales "A Rich Community of Felidae (Mammalia, Carnivora) from the Late Miocene (Turolian, MN 13) Site of Las Casiones (Villalba Baja, Teruel, Spain)," Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 32(3), 658-676, (1 May 2012). https://doi.org/10.1080/02724634.2012.649816
Received: 30 June 2011; Accepted: 11 December 2011; Published: 1 May 2012
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