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The genus Iberomys (Chaline, 1972) (Rodentia, Arvicolinae, Mammalia) in the Pleistocene of Italy

Juan Manuel Lopez Garcia, Claudio Berto, Elisa Luzi, Chiara Dalla Valle, Sandra Banuls-Cardona and Benedetto Sala
The genus Iberomys (Chaline, 1972) (Rodentia, Arvicolinae, Mammalia) in the Pleistocene of Italy
Italian Journal of Geosciences (February 2015) 134 (1): 162-169


The occurrence of the genus Iberomys is testified in Italy and the Iberian Peninsula from the Early Pleistocene on. The genus comprises two extinct voles: I. huescarensis from the Early Pleistocene to the early Middle Pleistocene and I. brecciensis (=mediterraneus) from the Middle to the early Late Pleistocene. I. cabrerae, has been present in Spain from the early Late Pleistocene, enduring right through to today. The fossil record of Iberomys in Italy is poor in comparison with those in the Iberian Peninsula and southern France. I. huescarensis has been identified in Italy at the Rifreddo and Spessa sites, while I. brecciensis has been recognized at Zoppega 2, Montagnola Senese II, Isernia, Valdemino, Polledrara di Cecanibbio and Paglicci. A revision of the specimens of the genus Iberomys in Italy and a comparison with the fossil records of southern France and the Iberian Peninsula show that the origin of the Early Pleistocene species (I. huescarensis) is clearly in the Iberian Peninsula, where the species having evolved from ancient populations of Allophaiomys nutiensis. The origin of the species I. brecciensis is still unknown. It seems to appear at the same time in Italy and in the Iberian Peninsula, and its extinction occurred during the late Middle Pleistocene-early Late Pleistocene in Italy, France and Iberia simultaneously.

ISSN: 2038-1719
EISSN: 2038-1727
Serial Title: Italian Journal of Geosciences
Serial Volume: 134
Serial Issue: 1
Title: The genus Iberomys (Chaline, 1972) (Rodentia, Arvicolinae, Mammalia) in the Pleistocene of Italy
Affiliation: Universita degli Studi di Ferrara, Dipartimento di Studi Umanistici, Ferrara, Italy
Pages: 162-169
Published: 201502
Text Language: English
Publisher: Societa Geologica Italiana, Rome, Italy
References: 54
Accession Number: 2015-049792
Categories: Vertebrate paleontology
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus. incl. 3 tables, sketch map
N40°00'00" - N45°00'00", E10°00'00" - E15°00'00"
Country of Publication: Italy
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2017, American Geosciences Institute. Abstract, Copyright, Societa Geologica Italiana. Reference includes data from GeoScienceWorld, Alexandria, VA, United States
Update Code: 201523
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