On the age of the last hipparionine faunas in western Europe

Jordi Agustí, Oriol Oms

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In this paper, a survey on the dating of the hipparionine fauna in the site of Villarroya (Spain) is provided. Recently, the age of Villarroya has been the subject of controversy, and an age close to the Réunion chron has been proposed. However, a detailed analysis of Kislangia ischus from this site and its comparison with samples of this species in the magnetostratigraphically well calibrated section of Zujar (Guadix-Baza basin), enables one to propose an alternative dating for the short Vill-2 section where the fossiliferous locality occurs. Therefore, the normal event present in this section is correlated to chron 2An. 1n (Upper Gauss). Thus, the last hipparionine faunas can be placed in the upper part of the Gauss chron, shortly before the first evidence of Equus in Europe. © 2001 Académie des sciences / Éditions scientifiques et médicales Elsevier SAS.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)291-297
JournalComptes Rendus de l'Academie de Sciences - Serie IIa: Sciences de la Terre et des Planetes
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2001


  • Dispersal
  • Equids
  • Equus
  • Hipparion
  • Pliocene
  • Spain


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