Valdecebro 4 (Miocene of Spain)

Also known as VDC4

Where: Aragon, Spain (40.4° N, 2.6° W: paleocoordinates 40.5° N, 3.2° W)

• coordinate stated in text

When: Alfambra Formation, Turolian (8.7 - 5.3 Ma)

• MN11, early Turolian, late Miocene.

Environment/lithology: white, silty marl

• 'The succession shows about 80m red sandy clays with some beds of sand and conglomerate, all belonging to the Peral Formation. Then follows a 2.2m thick bed of white marly limestone. The Valdecebro 4 mammal locality was at the base of this limestone, in a lens of white silty marl. On top follows another 17m of reddish clay succeeded by well bedded marly limestones, which capped the hill.'

Size classes: macrofossils, mesofossils

Collection methods: bulk, chemical, sieve,

• Specimens are stored at the Geologisch Instituut, Rijksuniversiteit Utrecht. 'The 1969 sample has yielded some remains of Hipparion and a small association of small mammals. This locality was discovered by J.M. Moltzer in 1969, but the fossiliferous lens has since been lost by erosion.'

Primary reference: A. van de Weerd. 1976. Rodent faunas of the Mio-Pliocene continental sediments of the Teruel-Alfambra region, Spain. Utrecht Micropalaeontological Bulletins, Special Publication 2:1-217 [A. Turner/H. O'Regan/L. van den Hoek Ostende]more details

Purpose of describing collection: taxonomic analysis

PaleoDB collection 35314: authorized by Alan Turner, entered by Hannah O'Regan on 28.11.2003

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Taxonomic list

Mammalia
 Rodentia - Muridae
"Valerymys vireti" = Occitanomys, "Occitanomys sondaari" = Occitanomys (Rhodomys) sondaari
"Valerymys vireti" = Occitanomys mouse
"Occitanomys sondaari" = Occitanomys (Rhodomys) sondaari van de Weerd 1976 mouse
 Rodentia - Cricetidae
Hispanomys freudenthali van de Weerd 1976 mouse
 Rodentia - Zapodidae
Eozapus intermedius jumping mouse