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The Chadronian mammalian fauna of the Florissant Formation, Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, Colorado

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Karen J. Lloyd
Karen J. Lloyd
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Department of Geological Sciences and University of Colorado Museum of Natural History, University of Colorado at Boulder, 265 UCB, Boulder, Colorado 80309, USA
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Marie P. Worley-Georg
Marie P. Worley-Georg
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Department of Geological Sciences and University of Colorado Museum of Natural History, University of Colorado at Boulder, 265 UCB, Boulder, Colorado 80309, USA
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Jaelyn J. Eberle
Jaelyn J. Eberle
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Department of Geological Sciences and University of Colorado Museum of Natural History, University of Colorado at Boulder, 265 UCB, Boulder, Colorado 80309, USA
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Published:
January 01, 2008

During the past five years, renewed prospecting and collecting of mammalian fossils in the Florissant Formation within Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument in central Colorado has nearly tripled the known diversity of fossil mammals from this rock unit. Taxa first recorded here from the Florissant Formation include the eomyid rodent Paradjidaumo trilophus, the lagomorph Palaeolagus, and the rare artiodactyl Pseudoprotoceras longinaris. We also describe an isolated deciduous premolar of a protoceratid. We update the mammalian faunal list of the Florissant Formation, which includes some 16 species in 13 families and 6 orders. The mammalian fauna corroborates the Chadronian (latest Eocene) age determined by others. Geographic ranges of Pelycomys, Palaeolagus, and Paradjidaumo trilophus are extended slightly southwest from northeastern Colorado, and the range of Pseudoprotoceras longinaris is extended southwest from Wyoming and Nebraska. Based upon comparison with nearest living relatives and plausible analogs, the mammalian taxa represented in the Florissant Formation seem to be consistent with the moist, warm temperate, relatively high elevation wetland and woodland habitats that have been inferred by others for the area in and around late Eocene Lake Florissant.

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GSA Special Papers

Paleontology of the Upper Eocene Florissant Formation, Colorado

Herbert W. Meyer
Herbert W. Meyer
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Dena M. Smith
Dena M. Smith
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Geological Society of America
Volume
435
ISBN print:
9780813724355
Publication date:
January 01, 2008

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