Micromammal faunas from the Mio-Pliocene boundary in the Alcoy Basin (SE Spain): biostratigraphical and palaeoecological inferences

 

Authors: Mansino S, Fierro I, Montoya P, Ruiz -Sánchez FJ

Published in: Bulletin of Geosciences, volume 90, issue 3; pages: 555 - 576; Received 27 October 2014; Accepted in revised form 18 March 2015; Online 13 May 2015

Keywords: biostratigraphy, palaeoecology, micromammals, Pliocene, Alcoy Basin, Spain,

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Abstract

This paper deals with the fossil rodent and insectivore faunas from the localities of the southern side of the Gormaget ravine (Alcoy Basin, Spain): Alcoi Barranc Sud (ABS-1, ABS-2, ABS-3, ABS-3A, ABS-7, ABS-8, ABS-9, ABS-10), and Alcoi Cristian (AC-0, AC-0B and AC-0C). We infer in this paper an Early Ruscinian age for these sites. Based on the analysis of the fossil micromammal faunas, we consider that the localities ABS-3 and ABS-3A are older than AC-0, which has a similar age as the classic site of Alcoy-Barranco. The palaeoecological interpretation of the fauna recovered from these new sections show dry conditions in the Early Pliocene (MN14) from the Alcoy Basin.

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