Micromammalian faunas from the Middle Miocene (Middle Aragonian) of the Tudela Formation (Ebro Basin, Spain)

 

Authors: Ruiz-Sánchez FJ, Murelaga X, Freudenthal M, Larrasoana JC, Furió M, Garcés M, González-Pardos M, Suárez-Hernando O

Published in: Bulletin of Geosciences, volume 88, issue 1; pages: 131 - 152; Received 23 April 2012; Accepted in revised form 10 October 2012; Online 30 November 2012

Keywords: , insectivores, Democricetodon, magnetostratigraphy, biostratigraphy, Ebro Basin, Aragonian,

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Abstract

Two new fossil micromammal localities of Middle Miocene age (Pico del Fraile 2, PF2 and Sancho Abarca 5, SA5) from the Tudela Formation (northeastern Ebro Basin) are described. PF2 contains rodents and insectivores of Aragonian age (local zone Dc). The rodent assemblage from the locality SA5 is very scarce and probably of Middle Aragonian age, like PF2. The micromammal fauna from the locality PF2 is very similar to that from Valdemoros 3B (VA3B) (Calatayud-Daroca Basin), including Microdyromys cf. remmerti, a species until now only described from the Miocene of the Daroca-Villafeliche area. Among the fauna recorded in PF2, a form of Democricetodon is described. The sedimentary record of the Pico del Fraile and Sancho Abarca sections and the mammalian findings extend the stratigraphic and paleontological knowledge of this part of the Ebro Basin, and allow its study in a continuous stratigraphic context.

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