Amor, point 1 (Miocene of Portugal)

Also known as "premiere gisement" of Zbyszewski

Where: Região Centro, Portugal (39.8° N, 8.9° W: paleocoordinates 39.9° N, 10.2° W)

• coordinate estimated from map

• small collection-level geographic resolution

When: MN 5 (16.0 - 13.7 Ma)

• The presence of Lagopsis penai, Microdyromys koenigswaldi, and Megacricetodon collongensis points to an age younger than MN 6 and thus either MN 4 or MN 5. The grade of evolution of Lagopsis penai and the presence of Cricetodon speak in favor of MN 5 (Antunes & Mein, 1981).

• group of beds-level stratigraphic resolution

Environment/lithology: fluvial; poorly lithified sandstone

• Sediments are significantly coarser than those of those in the outcrops 2 to 5.

Size class: macrofossils

Collected by M. T. Antunes, P. Mein in 1970-1977

Collection methods: surface (in situ), sieve

• The locality was detected by G. Zbyszewski and O. da Veiga Ferrera in April 1966 during a mapping campaign (sheet 23C of the "Geological Map of Portugal 1:50,000"). Systematic collecting took place from 1970 to 1977. Besides surface collecting, several hundred kilograms of sediment were screenwashed in order to gather small mammals. "The result was always positive but never brilliant" (Antunes & Mein, 1981).

Primary reference: M. T. Antunes and P. Mein. 1981. Vertébrés du miocène moyen de amor (Leiria) - importance stratigraphique. Ciências da Terra 6:169-188 [J. Mueller/T. Liebrecht/T. Liebrecht]more details

Purpose of describing collection: taxonomic analysis

PaleoDB collection 136322: authorized by Johannes Mueller, entered by Torsten Liebrecht on 26.11.2012

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Taxonomic list

 Rodentia - Cricetidae
Fahlbuschia freudenthali n. sp. Antunes and Mein 1981 mouse
"very frequent"
cf. Cricetodon indet. Lartet 1851 mouse
Megacricetodon collongensis Mein 1958 mouse
 Rodentia - Sciuridae
Sciuridae indet. Gray 1821 squirrel
 Rodentia - Gliridae
Gliridae indet. Muirhead 1819 dormouse
Microdyromys koenigswaldi de Bruijn 1966 dormouse
 Lagomorpha - Ochotonidae
Prolagus cf. oeningensis König 1825 pika
"very frequent"
Lagopsis cf. penai pika
 Lipotyphla - Erinaceidae
Galerix cf. exilis de Blainville 1839 hedgehog
 Perissodactyla - Rhinocerotidae
Rhinocerotidae indet. Gray 1821 rhinoceros
 Tribosphenida - Soricidae
Miosorex aff. grivensis Depéret 1892 shrew
 Proboscidea - Gomphotheriidae
Gomphotherium angustidens Burmeister 1837 gomphothere
 Ungulata - Cainotheriidae
Cainotherium miocenicum even-toed ungulate