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Article Reference Identification des phases minérales par DRX et EDS dans les processus d'altération des pyrites et des marcassites : applications aux collections de Préhistoire, de Paléontologie et de Minéralogie de l’IRSNB aux briquets
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Inbook Reference Une autre analyse fonctionnelle de Darion-Colia, site fossoyé du Rubané récent de Belgique : Des faits archéologiques conduisant aux fonctionnements socio-économiques ?
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Article Reference New material of Australophoca (Carnivora, Phocidae) from the late Miocene of Peru suggests sexual dimorphism in the smallest, early-branching monachine seal
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Article Reference Evolution of high-frequency hearing in odontocetes (Mammalia: Cetacea)
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Article Reference New insights on the brain, tooth development, and feeding specializations of the sirenian Miosirenkocki(Trichechidae, Sirenia) as revealed by CT
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Inproceedings Reference New specimens of Indohyaenodon raoi from the Early Eocene of Vastan Mine, India and their implication for phylogeny and biogeography of Hyaenodontid mammals
Cambaytherium, Nakusia, and Kalitherium are closely related early Eocene mammals from the Indo-Pakistan region that have been assigned to Perissodactyla (Laurasiatheria) or Anthracobunidae. The latter have been variously considered artiodactyls or perissodactyls, but more recently are usually placed at the base of the order Proboscidea or of the more inclusive Tethytheria (Afrotheria). We present new evidence from the dentition, skull, and postcranial skeleton of Cambaytherium, from Gujarat, India (ca. 54.5 Ma), that cambaytheres occupy a pivotal position as the sister taxon of Perissodactyla. Cambaytherium was more robust than basal perissodactyls such as ″Hyracotherium″ and Homogalax, and had a body mass of ~25-27 kg based on humeral, radial, and dental regressions. Perissodactyl synapomorphies include a transverse nasal-frontal suture, twinned molar metaconids, and an astragalus with deeply grooved trochlea and a saddleshaped navicular facet. Like perissodactyls, cambaytheres are mesaxonic and have hooflike unguals and a cursorially-adapted skeleton. Plesiomorphic traits compared to basal perissodactyls include bunodont molars with large conules and almost no hint of bilophodonty, unmolarized premolars, sacrum with four vertebrae, humerus with distally extensive pectoral crest and distal articulation lacking a capitular tail, distal radius without discrete scaphoid and lunate fossae, femur with low greater trochanter, calcaneus robust and wide with rounded ectal facet, astragalus wide with moderately long neck and vestigial astragalar foramen, navicular and cuboid short and wide, metapodials short and robust, and Mc I and Mt V present. In most or all of these traits cambaytheres are intermediate between phenacodontid condylarths and perissodactyls but closer to the latter. Our phylogenetic analyses place cambaytheres just outside perissodactyls, and place anthracobunids among primitive perissodactyls. However, similarities between cambaytheres and anthracobunids suggest that they are closely related, and future discovery of skeletal material of anthracobunids will provide a test of this hypothesis. Our results indicate that Anthracobunidae are not Proboscidea or tethytheres, and suggest that the origin of Perissodactyla may have taken place on the drifting Indian plate. How the progenitors of perissodactyls reached India is more problematic but might have involved land connections with Afro-Arabia during the Paleocene. Field work and research supported by the National Geographic Society.
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Article Reference A new genus and species of Pliocene dolphin (Cetacea: Odontoceti: Inioidea) from North Carolina, U.S.A.
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Article Reference A new pithanodelphinine dolphin from the Miocene of Peru and the origin of modern delphinidan families
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Article Reference Tusk-bearing beaked whales from the Miocene of Peru
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Inproceedings Reference New multituberculate mammals from the Late Cretaceous of Transylvania (Romania)
In the scope of the Belgo-Romanian excavation campaigns in Transylvania, the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences and the University Babeş-Bolyai excavated three Late Cretaceous vertebrate localities in the Haţeg Basin. Compared to other European localities, the studied sites show rich mammal remains, which are dominated by multituberculates. At three localities, more than five tons of fossiliferous sediments were screen washed (mesh width 0.5 mm) and yielded forty-three dental specimens. This material essentially provides new information on the enigmatic European family Kogaionidae. A new small species of the genus Kogaionon is recognized on the basis of four dental positions from the fluviatil deposits of Pui (excavation 2000). In the floodplain deposits of the new site Toteşti-baraj (excavation 2001) sixteen teeth representing seven different dental positions of two kogaionid genera were found (Codrea et al., 2002). One lower first molar is similar to that of Barbatodon transylvanicus Rădulescu & Samson, 1986. A nearly complete upper dental series of a new species of Kogaionon is particularly well preserved. In the floodplain deposits of the new site Nălaţ-Vad (excavation 2002), one of the exceptional fossiliferous marl pockets yielded twelve teeth and three dentary fragments of the genera Kogaionon and Barbatodon (Smith et al., 2002). A new small species of Barbatodon is represented by a dentary with a very long rounded fourth premolar, a small first molar, but with the third premolar absent. On the other hand, Kogaionon presents a lower fourth premolar with a typical triangle shape differing clearly from Barbatodon. The results reveal for the first time the morphology of all the upper and lower dental positions characteristic of the family Kogaionidae, which allows more precise discussion of the phylogenetic position of this family among the multituberculates. Comparisons with other kogaionid multituberculates from the Paleocene of Spain, Belgium, Romania and France permit analysis of the possible migration ways following the paleogeography of Europe during the end of the Cretaceous.
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