Fissure 7, Quarry 2, Monte Tuttavista, Orosei, Sardinia (Pleistocene of Italy)

Also known as VII 2

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 51553: authorized by Alan Turner, entered by Hannah O'Regan on 08.06.2005

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Taxonomic list

 Salientia -
 Salientia - Bufonidae
Bufo viridis Laurenti 1768 European green toad
 Sauria -
Aves indet. Linnaeus 1758 bird
 Galliformes - Phasianidae
Coturnix coturnix Linnaeus 1758 common quail
 Strigiformes - Strigidae
Bubo cf. insularis Mourer-Chauvire and Weesie 1986 eagle-owl
 Ornithurae -
Passeriformes indet. Linnaeus 1758 perching bird
 Passeriformes - Corvidae
Corvidae indet. Vigors 1825 perching bird
Pyrrhocorax sp. Tunstall 1771 perching bird
 Passeriformes - Fringillidae
"Carduelis chloris" = Chloris chloris
"Carduelis chloris" = Chloris chloris Linnaeus 1758 European greenfinch
 Passeriformes - Sturnidae
Sturnus sp. Linnaeus 1756 starling
 Accipitriformes - Accipitridae
Aquila sp. Linnaeus 1758 eagle
 Squamata - Lacertidae
Podarcis sp. Wagler 1830 Wall lizards
 Squamata -
 Squamata - Colubridae
Natrix sp. Laurenti 1768 water snake
 Rodentia - Muridae
Rhagamys orthodon Hensel 1856 mouse
 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 sardous Studiati 1857 canid
 Artiodactyla - Cervidae
Praemegaceros cazioti Deperet 1897 deer
 Chelonii -
Chelonii indet. Latreille 1800 turtle