2.7" Eocene Herbivorous Mammal (Anoplotherium) Jaw Section - France

 
This is a 2.7" long, fossil jaw section (mandible) containing three teeth from an Eocene herbivorous mammal (Anoplotherium commune). It was collected in Lot (formerly Quercy), France.

The Quercy Phosphorites Formation in France is world famous for its Eocene to Miocene faunas, especially those from the upper Eocene to lower Oligocene. The latter particularly helped to understand the ‘Grande Coupure’, a dramatic faunal turnover event that occurred in Europe during the Eocene-Oligocene transition. Fossils from the Quercy Phosphorites were excavated from the middle 19th century until the early 20th century in a series of sites which are no longer accessible. These fossils subsequently became dispersed over several research institutions, while unfortunately often losing the temporal and geographical information in the process. This material is part of an old collection we acquired and presumably was collected along with this material in the 19th or early 20th century. A recently published paper on the mammals of the Quercy Phosphorites can be found below.

The upper Eocene-Oligocene carnivorous mammals from the Quercy Phosphorites (France) housed in Belgian collections


DETAILS
SPECIES
Anoplotherium commune
LOCATION
Lot (Formerly Quercy), France
FORMATION
Quercy Phosphorites Formation
SIZE
2.7" long
CATEGORY
ITEM
#155952
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