[MARMAM] A new dugong species (Sirenia, Dugongidae) from the Eocene of Catalonia (NE Iberian Peninsula)

Jordi Balaguer Bruguera exponensbiology at gmail.com
Thu Mar 10 10:41:08 PST 2016


Hello, I send you some information about a recent publicacion in fossil
sirenians.



*A new dugong species (Sirenia, Dugongidae) from the Eocene of Catalonia
(NE Iberian Peninsula)*

A new stem dugongid species, *Prototherium ausetanum* sp. nov. (Dugongidae,
Halitheriinae),is described based on a cranium from the middle Eocene of
Mas Vilageliu (Tona, NE IberianPeninsula). The new species displays a
combination of features that enables its distinction from other
halitheriines, including *Prototherium veronense* (type species of the
genus),*Prototherium*? *intermedium* (which likely belongs to a different
genus), and *Prototherium*?*montserratense* (here considered a nomen
dubium), as well as *Eotheroides* spp. In overallmorphology (e.g.,
dolichocephaly) the new species more closely resembles species previously
included in *Prototherium*.


More info in:

Balaguer, J. & Alba, D.M. (in press). A new dugong species (Sirenia,
Dugongidae) from the Eocene of Catalonia (NE Iberian Peninsula) *Comptes
Rendus Palevol*. Doi: 10.1016/j.crpv.2015.10.002
<http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.crpv.2015.10.002>

Jordi Balaguer Bruguera
Biologist and science popularizer
exponensbiology at gmail.com

*exponensBiology* <http://exponensbiology.webs.com/>
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