Valea Roscai, Tetoiu 1 lower faunal horizon (Pliocene of Romania)

Where: Romania (44.8° N, 23.9° E: paleocoordinates 44.9° N, 23.6° E)

• coordinate based on nearby landmark

When: Pliocene (5.3 - 2.6 Ma)

• Late Pliocene, just before the Olduvai event (based on palaeomagnetism). Faunal comparison indicates that the Lower Faunal Horizon (Tetoiu 1) correlates with the upper part of the Khaprov faunal complex, upper MN17 (St Vallier Zone), probably equivalent to the Tiglian warm stage.

•Site is about 98m below the top of the section, and consists of a succession of sands 1m thick, fossil remains come from the base of these sands.

Environment/lithology: fluvial-lacustrinesandy

• The lower faunal horizon is in an approximately 20m thick bed consisting 'predominantly of silty sands and sand, levels with gravels and larger pebbles were also observed. These beds are rich in faunal remains.'

•'The beds have an average dip of 1 to 2 degrees SE.'

• A succession of sands 1m thick, fossil remains come from the base of these sands.

Size class: macrofossils

Primary reference: C. Radulesco and P. Samson. 1990. The Plio-Pleistocene mammalian succession of the Oltet Valley, Dacic Basin, Romania. Quatarpalaontologie 8:225-232 [A. Turner/H. O'Regan/H. O'Regan]more details

Purpose of describing collection: biostratigraphic analysis

PaleoDB collection 39844: authorized by Alan Turner, entered by Hannah O'Regan on 09.06.2004

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Taxonomic list

• Trogontherium dacium was originally described as a subspecies of T. boisvilletti, but is regarded as a separate species in this publication.
 Rodentia - Castoridae
Trogontherium dacicum beaver
medium sized form
 Proboscidea - Elephantidae
Mammuthus (Archidiskodon) meridionalis Nesti 1825 mammoth
some primitive dental features
 Artiodactyla - Cervidae
Eucladoceros sp. Falconer 1868 deer