Abstract

Describes an important vertebrate fossil locality at Corniche de Sete, Lazaret cape region, France, consisting of ancient, partly submerged caves filled with Villafranchian (Pleistocene) material. The remarkable accumulation of small rodent and insectivore remains suggests that the caves were the lair of birds of prey and carnivores. The history of the Languedoc shore in this vicinity is roughly as follows: Previously developed karst topography was accentuated by late Tertiary uplift, then submerged in Astian? time; subsequent marine regression introduced the Villafranchian steppe conditions under which the fossil deposits accumulated; a series of transgressions and regressions related to the various glacial and interglacial stages ended with the uplift of the shore line which is continuing in the present.

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