Borský Svätý Jur (Miocene of Slovakia)

Also known as Borsky Svaty Jur

Where: Trnava, Slovakia (48.6° N, 17.0° E: paleocoordinates 48.3° N, 16.8° E)

• coordinate stated in text

• small collection-level geographic resolution

When: MN 9 (11.1 - 9.7 Ma)

• "On the basis of mammal fossils, the localitiy is preliminary dated to the MN 11 biozone (Turolian, middle Pannonian), but it is not excluded, that they are older" (Sabol & Holec, 2002).

•Čerňanský (2011), however, states that "according to the rodent microfauna, the layers are from the Upper Miocene (Vallesian, the upper part of MN 9)." Hence, the original age entry of the present collection (MN 11) was changed accordingly. (TL)

Environment/lithology: lacustrine; argillaceous siltstone and fine-grained, silty sandstone

• The fossiliferous beds are of limnic origin according to Čerňanský (2011).
• clayey silts with some sandy beds, silty sands and fine sands which contain fossils of ostracods, molluscs and vertebrates especially mammals (Sabol & Holec, 2002)

Size class: mesofossils

Collection methods: surface (float), sieve,

• With regard to the herpetological material Čerňanský (2011) states: "This study was based mainly on fossils deposited in The National Museum at Bratislava in Slovakia. During a survey on the microvertebrate fossils […], a huge amount of herpetological material collected by Dr. Joniak between 2000 and 2004 was discovered. With the exception of the lacertids described by Čerňanský & Joniak (2009), this herpetological material has never been mentioned in any publication.The material is comprised of isolated elements collected by screen-washing or surface prospecting […]" .

Primary reference: M. Sabol and P. Holec. 2002. Temporal and spatial distribution of Miocene mammals in the western Carpatians (Slovakia). Geologica Carpathica 53(4):269-279 [M. Uhen/M. Uhen]more details

Purpose of describing collection: general faunal/floral analysis

PaleoDB collection 69719: authorized by Mark Uhen, entered by Mark Uhen on 02.03.2007, edited by Torsten Liebrecht and Evangelos Vlachos

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Taxonomic list

 Testudines - Trionychidae
Trionychidae indet.2 Gray 1825 softshell turtle
 Testudines - Pantestudinidae
? Nicoria sp.3 Gray 1855 turtle
 Testudines - Pangeoemydidae
Geoemydidae indet.2 Theobald 1868 turtle
 Testudines - Panemydidae
Emydinae indet.3 Rafinesque 1815 turtle
 Squamata - Lacertidae
Lacerta sp.1 Linnaeus 1758 squamates
1 fragment of left dentary (Z 27104)
 Squamata - Anguidae
Pseudopus sp.1 Merrem 1820 legless lizard
4 osteoderms (Z 27157/1-3)
 Squamata -
Colubroidea indet.1 Oppel 1811 snake
1 incomplete trunk vertebra (Z 27158)
 Squamata - Colubridae
Colubridae indet.1 Oppel 1811 colubrid snake
8 vertebrae (Z 27159/1-8)
Natricinae indet.1 Bonaparte 1838 colubrid snake
1 incomplete precaudal vertebra (Z 27160)
 Glires -
 Rodentia - Castoridae
Trogontherium sp. Fischer von Waldheim 1809 beaver
 Perissodactyla - Equidae
"Hipparion" sp. de Christol 1832 hipparionine horse
 Carnivora - Mustelidae
Eomellivora wimani Zdansky 1924 ratel
 Carnivora - Hyaenidae
"Ictitherium viverrinum" = Thalassictis robusta
"Ictitherium viverrinum" = Thalassictis robusta Gervais 1850 hyaena
 Ungulata -
Artiodactyla indet. Owen 1848 even-toed ungulate
 Insectivora -
Insectivora indet. Bowdich 1821 insectivoran