Fissure 6, Banco 6 Quarry, Monte Tuttavista, Orosei, Sardinia (Pleistocene of Italy)

Also known as VI Banco 6

Where: Sardinia, Italy (40.4° N, 9.7° E: paleocoordinates 40.4° N, 9.5° E)

• coordinate based on nearby landmark

When: Late/Upper Pleistocene (0.1 - 0.0 Ma)

• Late Pleistocene. A new faunal complex subdivided into primitive (earlier) 'Praemegaceros-Tyrrhenicola' complex and a later one. This is the later and comprises VI Banco 6 and XII Quarry 2.

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 51552: authorized by Alan Turner, entered by Hannah O'Regan on 08.06.2005

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Taxonomic list

""Pisces" indet." = Osteichthyes
""Pisces" indet." = Osteichthyes Huxley 1880 bony fish
 Salientia -
 Salientia - Hylidae
Hyla ex gr. arborea tree frog
Hyla gr. H. arborea
 Salientia - Bufonidae
Bufo viridis Laurenti 1768 European green toad
 Salientia - Discoglossidae
Discoglossus sardus painted frog
 Sauria -
Aves indet. Linnaeus 1758 bird
 Galliformes - Phasianidae
Coturnix coturnix Linnaeus 1758 common quail
 Strigiformes - Strigidae
Strigidae indet. Vigors 1825 true owl
Bubo cf. insularis Mourer-Chauvire and Weesie 1986 eagle-owl
Athene sp. Scopoli 1769 true owl
 Columbiformes - Columbidae
Columba livia Gmelin 1789 rock pigeon
 Ornithurae -
Passeriformes indet. Linnaeus 1758 perching bird
 Passeriformes - Corvidae
Corvidae indet. Vigors 1825 perching bird
Pyrrhocorax sp. Tunstall 1771 perching bird
Pyrrhocorax graculus Linnaeus 1766 yellow-billed chough
Corvus cf. corone Linnaeus 1758 carrion crow
 Passeriformes - Hirundinidae
Hirundinidae indet. Rafinesque 1815 swallow
 Passeriformes - Muscicapidae
Muscicapa sp. Brisson 1760 flycatcher
 Passeriformes - Sylviidae
Sylviidae indet. Vigors 1825 perching bird
 Passeriformes - Sturnidae
Sturnus sp. Linnaeus 1756 starling
 Passeriformes - Turdidae
Turdus sp. Linnaeus 1758 true thrush
 Gruiformes - Rallidae
Rallidae "indet. 1" Vigors 1825 rail
 Accipitriformes - Accipitridae
Accipitridae indet. Viellot 1816 hawk
Buteo cf. buteo Linnaeus 1758 common buzzard
Aquila sp. Linnaeus 1758 eagle
 Squamata - Lacertidae
Podarcis sp. Wagler 1830 Wall lizards
Lacerta sp. Linnaeus 1758 lizard
 Squamata -
 Squamata - Colubridae
Natrix sp. Laurenti 1768 water snake
 Squamata - Gekkonidae
Gekkonidae indet. Gray 1825 gecko
 Squamata -
Amphisbaenia indet. Gray 1844 worm lizard
 Rodentia - Muridae
Rhagamys orthodon, "Gerbillidae indet." = Gerbillinae
Rhagamys orthodon Hensel 1856 mouse
"Gerbillidae indet." = Gerbillinae Gray 1825 gerbil
 Rodentia - Cricetidae
Tyrrhenicola henseli F. Major 1905 mouse
 Lagomorpha - Ochotonidae
Prolagus cf. sardus Wagner 1829 pika
 Tribosphenida - Soricidae
Nesiotites "sp. 2" Bate 1945 shrew
 Carnivora - Canidae
Cynotherium sp. Studiati 1857 canid
 Artiodactyla - Cervidae
Praemegaceros aff. cazioti Deperet 1897 deer