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Paracamelichnum Jumillensis n.ichnogen. n.ichnosp., Upper Miocene Camelidae Ichnites from the Hoya de la Sima site (Murcia, Spain)

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In the proximity of Jumilla (Murcia, Spain) there is a site called Hoya de la Sima with mammal footprints dating from the Upper Miocene. This site is an old gypsum quarry where footprints of Hipparion, Pecoripeda, Carnivora, Ursidae, and Proboscidea were discovered. While the site was being cleaned and conditioned after the discovery to protect the prints, Camelidae and other prints were unearthed and are currently being studied. The description of the Camelidae ichnites demonstrates that these belong to a new ichnogenera, produced by the prints of Paracamelus. The grouping of trackways is congruent with the gregariousness of these animals and with the concentration observed in similar sites.
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Keywords: Camelidae; Footprints; Paracamelichnus; Spain; Upper Miocene; mammalia

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Department of Chemistry, Universidad de La Rioja, Logrono, Spain 2: Museo Municipal “Jeronimo Molina,”, Jumilla, Spain 3: Department of Geology, Universitat de Valencia, Spain

Publication date: July 1, 2009

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