Purcal 4 (Neogene of Spain)

Also known as PUR-4

Where: Spain (37.2° N, 3.6° W: paleocoordinates 37.4° N, 4.1° W)

• coordinate stated in text

• small collection-level geographic resolution

When: Alhambra Formation, MN 13 (7.2 - 4.9 Ma)

• "Mio-Pliocene transition... paleomagnetic data... place the locality at the end of Chron C3r" (i.e., MN 13)

•"total thickness [of formation] about 85 m"

• group of beds-level stratigraphic resolution

Environment/lithology: fluvial-lacustrine; gray, green, carbonaceous siliciclastic sediments

• formation is the "distal facies of an alluvial system formed in a humid climate"
• "this locality is a carbonaceous, grayish green, fluvio-lacustrine lutite"

Size class: mesofossils

Primary reference: E. Martín-Suárez, N. Bendala, and M. Freudenthal. 2001. Archaeodesmana baetica, sp. nov. (Mammalia, Insectivora, Talpidae) from the Mio-Pliocene transition of the Granada Basin, southern Spain. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 21(3):547-554 [J. Alroy/J. Alroy/J. Alroy]more details

Purpose of describing collection: taxonomic analysis

PaleoDB collection 68317: authorized by John Alroy, entered by John Alroy on 15.01.2007

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Taxonomic list

Mammalia
 Rodentia - Muridae
 Rodentia - Cricetidae
Ruscinomys lasallei Adrover 1969 mouse
Apocricetus barrierei Mein and Michaux 1970 mouse
 Rodentia - Sciuridae
Atlantoxerus sp. Major 1893 squirrel
 Rodentia - Gliridae
Eliomys truci Mein and Michaux 1970 dormouse
Muscardinus vireti Hugueney and Mein 1965 dormouse
 Lagomorpha - Ochotonidae
 Lipotyphla - Erinaceidae
"Galerix iberica" = Parasorex ibericus
"Galerix iberica" = Parasorex ibericus Mein and Martín-Suárez 1993 hedgehog
 Lipotyphla - Talpidae
Archaeodesmana baetica n. sp. Martín-Suárez et al. 2001 mole