Two new fossil vertebrate localities in the Santa Cruz Formation (late early - early middle Miocene, Argentina), ∼51° South latitude


Journal Article

Two new fossil vertebrate localities are described from the Santa Cruz Formation (late early - early middle Miocene) of coastal Patagonia. They are noteworthy because they are the lowest stratigraphically of any precisely recorded in coastal Santa Cruz Province and they contain a rich fauna including many partially articulated skeletons undisturbed by collecting. Thus, they offer the potential for taphonomic analysis and paleocommunity reconstruction. The latter is particularly intriguing because the fauna document the Miocene Climatic Optimum at >51° South latitude. Together with several previously documented sites in this region, it offers a potential window into the nature of mammalian communities farther south than any other in the world during this time and documents the farthest south distribution of primates. © 2007 Elsevier Ltd.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Kay, RF; Vizcaíno, SF; Bargo, MS; Perry, JMG; Prevosti, FJ; Fernicola, JC

Published Date

  • March 1, 2008

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 25 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 187 - 195

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0895-9811

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.jsames.2007.07.003

Citation Source

  • Scopus