Morskaya (Pliocene of Russian Federation)

Also known as Morskaya, Khapry Formation, Azov Region.

Where: Rostovskaya Oblast', Russian Federation (47.2° N, 38.9° E: paleocoordinates 47.4° N, 38.6° E)

• coordinate based on nearby landmark

When: Khapry Formation, Pliocene (5.3 - 2.6 Ma)

• Late Pliocene, Middle Villafranchian, based on the fauna of the Khapry Formation as a whole.

•Fossil remains are confined to the lower part of the alluvial sequence.

Environment/lithology: fluvial-deltaic

• Sand-shingle deposits along the coastal zone of the Sea of Azov. 'They unconformably overlie the marine Miocene sediments and correspond to alluvium of an ancient 30-40m terrace of the Don River.'
• Sand-shingle deposits.

Size class: macrofossils

Collection methods: Material collected since 1932. Material held in the Geological Institute (GIN), Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow and Rostov State University (RSU), Rostov-on-Don.

Primary reference: M. V. Sotnikova, V. S. Baigusheva, and V. V. Titov. 2002. Carnivores of the Khapry faunal assemblage and their stratigraphic implications. Stratigraphy and Geological Correlation 10(4):62-78 [A. Turner/H. O'Regan/H. O'Regan]more details

Purpose of describing collection: taxonomic analysis

PaleoDB collection 39411: authorized by Alan Turner, entered by Hannah O'Regan on 28.05.2004

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Taxonomic list

Mammalia
 Carnivora - Felidae
? Acinonyx pardinensis Croizet and Jobert 1828 cheetah
1 right upper P4 (RSU-669).
 Carnivora - Hyaenidae
Pliocrocuta perrieri Kretzoi 1938 hyaena
1 partial right mandible with P2 and P3 alveolus (Specimen number GIN-301/10).