Bahe, Lantian Region (Miocene of China)

Where: shaanxi, China (33.5° N, 109.5° E: paleocoordinates 33.2° N, 107.6° E)

• coordinate estimated from map

When: Bahe Formation, Vallesian (11.6 - 8.7 Ma)

• MN10, Tortonian, Bahean. Beneath the red clay of the Lantian Formation and above the Koujiacun Formation. A complex lithology of 'predominantly orange-yellow conglomerates, sandstones, tan-yellow sandy mudstones, and tan-red mudstones. The lithologic character is inconsistent between each of the cross-sections, as the unit varies in depth of colour and grain size. The predominant lithology is a sandy mudstone. It is a relatively thick unit, generally over 300m.' (Chow, 1978).

Environment/lithology: fluvial

• Chiefly yellow sands and conglomerates (Qui, 1990).

Size class: macrofossils

Collection methods: Excavated in the 1960s.

Primary reference: Z. Qiu. 1990. The Chinese Neogene mammalian biochronology - its correlation with the European Neogene mammal zonation. In E.H. Lindsay, V. Fahlbusch and P. Mein, eds., European Neogene Mammal Chronology. Plenum Press, New York. 527-556 [A. Turner/H. O'Regan/H. O'Regan]more details

Purpose of describing collection: biostratigraphic analysis

PaleoDB collection 42254: authorized by Alan Turner, entered by Hannah O'Regan on 27.07.2004

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Taxonomic list

• This faunal list is for the Bahe Formation - a conflation of those from several units in the same site and from several nearby localities. More details are given in Chow (1978), but the localities are not fully explained, so have not been entered separately.
 Testudines - Pantestudinidae
Testudo sphaerica Wiman 1930 turtle
 Testudines - Panemydidae
Emydidae indet. Rafinesque 1815 turtle
 Perissodactyla - Rhinocerotidae
Acerorhinus sp. Kretzoi 1942 rhinoceros
 Perissodactyla - Equidae
Hipparion (Hippotherium) chiai Liu et al. 1978 hipparionine horse
Hipparion (Hippotherium) weihoense Liu et al. 1978 hipparionine horse
 Carnivora - Percrocutidae
 Carnivora - Felidae
Miomachairodus sp. Schmidt-Kittler 1976 cat
1 upper P4. Crocuta eximia variabilis.
 Carnivora - Herpestidae
"Herpestinae indet." = Herpestidae
"Herpestinae indet." = Herpestidae Bonaparte 1845 mongoose
 Proboscidea - Gomphotheriidae
 Ungulata - Suidae
Chleuastochoerus stehlini Schlosser 1903 pig
 Ungulata - Giraffidae
 Ungulata - Bovidae
"Antelope sp." = Antilope Pallas 1766 antelope
Gazella sp. Blaineville 1816 gazelle
Shaanxispira chowi Liu et al. 1978 antelope
 Theriiformes -
Erinaceus sp. Linnaeus 1758 mammal