On a Deinotherium (Proboscidea) finding in the Neogene of Crete

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URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2042/311  |   DOI : https://doi.org/10.4267/2042/311
Title: On a Deinotherium (Proboscidea) finding in the Neogene of Crete
Author: Athanassiou, Athanassios
Abstract: This paper reports the discovery of an incomplete proboscidean mandible near the village of Maroniá in eastern Crete. The fragment described here includes the first molar (m1) of a deinothere, that because of its large size is identified as Deinotherium giganteum. The specimen was found in shallow-water marine sediments. The presence of Deinotherium on the island, together with other Miocene vertebrate faunas, suggests that during that epoch Crete was connected to the mainland by a wide land bridge.
Description: Près du village Maroniá, en Crète orientale, une formation marine miocène a livré une mandibule incomplète de Proboscidien. Ce fragment comprend une première molaire (m1) de grande dimension attribuable à l’espèce Deinotherium giganteum. La présence d’un Déinothère dans la faune des mammifères miocènes de l’île de Crète montre qu’à cette époque il existait une liaison relativement large et durable avec le continent.
Subject: Greece; Crete; Late Miocene; Proboscidea; Deinotherium; Miocène supérieur; Crète; Grèce
Publisher: Association "Carnets de Géologie"
Date: 2004

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