Micromammal biostratigraphy of the Upper Miocene to lowest Pleistocene continental deposits of the Guadix basin, southern Spain

Raef Minwer-Barakat, Antonio García-Alix, Elvira Martín Suárez, Matthijs Freudenthal, César Viseras

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    Abstract

    Recent study of the small mammals (rodents and insectivores) from several fossil-bearing sites situated in the central sector of the Guadix Basin (Southern Spain) has notably increased the knowledge of the mammal assemblages that existed in Southern Iberia from the latest Miocene to the earliest Pleistocene. On the basis of this new information, we propose a biozonation for the continental deposits of the Guadix Basin, which consists of six biozones ranging in age from the late Turolian (MN13) to the early Villanyian (MN17). These biozones, defined according to the rules of the International Stratigraphical Guide, include not only the mentioned recently discovered fossil sites, but also other, previously known, localities of the basin. Finally, we integrate the described biozones in the Neogene Mammal units and the European Land Mammal Ages, correlate them with several classical mammal sites from other Iberian basins and the rest of Europe, and establish an approximate numerical age for the lower and upper limits of each biozone. □Biostratigraphy, Guadix Basin, rodents, insectivores, Upper Miocene, Pliocene, Pleistocene. © 2012 The Authors, Lethaia © 2012 The Lethaia Foundation.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)594-614
    JournalLethaia
    Volume45
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2012

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