Fissure 10, Ghiro Quarry, Monte Tuttavista, Orosei, Sardinia (Pliocene to of Italy)

Also known as X Ghiro

Where: Sardinia, Italy (40.4° N, 9.7° E: paleocoordinates 40.5° N, 8.3° E)

• coordinate based on nearby landmark

When: Pliocene to Pliocene (5.3 - 0.0 Ma)

• Probably Early Pleistocene, within the localities this is known as the 'nesogoral complex', and cosnsistes of VI 3, X ghiro, VII, VII blocco strada and VII mustelide. However, an earlier, Late Pliocene date cannot be ruled out.

Environment/lithology: fissure fill

• Monte Tuttavista is 836m a.s.l. and is formed of Mesozoic limestones. Dissolution has formed a network of fissures, which are mainly narrow and coincident with fracture lineaments.
• Fissures contain various detrital sediments ranging from fossil breccias to dark clays. Different depositional events can be distinguished in some of the larger fissures/cavities.

Size classes: macrofossils, mesofossils

Collection methods: bulk, sieve,

• Specimens are held at the Operating Office of the Soprintendenza per Beni Archeologici in Nuoro and in the Archaeological Museum of Nuoro.

•Localities found in 1995, this paper (ref. 13691) reports on work from 1996-2003.

Primary reference: L. Abbazzi, C. Angelone, M. Arca, G. Barisone, C. Bedetti, M. Delfino, T. Kotsakis, F. Marcolini, M. R. Palombo, M. Pavia, P. Piras, L. Rook, D. Torre, C. Tuveri, A. M. F. Valli and B. Wilkens. 2004. Plio-Pleistocene fossil vertebrates of Monte Tuttavista (Orosei, Eastern Sardinia, Italy), an overview. Rivista Italiana di Paleontologia e Stratigrafia 110(3):681-706 [A. Turner/H. O'Regan/H. O'Regan]more details

Purpose of describing collection: general faunal/floral analysis

PaleoDB collection 51479: authorized by Alan Turner, entered by Hannah O'Regan on 06.06.2005

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Taxonomic list

• Only 1 Caprinae new genus, new species, present.
 Primates - Cercopithecidae
 Rodentia - Muridae
 Rodentia - Gliridae
Tyrrhenoglis cf. majori Engesser 1976 dormouse
 Lagomorpha - Leporidae
 Lagomorpha - Ochotonidae
Prolagus cf. sardus Wagner 1829 pika