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Université de Fribourg

Evolutionary history of hoofed mammals during the Oligocene–Miocene transition in Western Europe

Scherler, Laureline ; Mennecart, Bastien ; Hiard, Florent ; Becker, Damien

In: Swiss Journal of Geosciences, 2013, vol. 106, no. 2, p. 349–369

The biostratigraphy and diversity patterns of terrestrial, hoofed mammals help to understand the transition between the Palaeogene and the Neogene in Western Europe. Three phases are highlighted: (1) the beginning of the Arvernian (Late Oligocene, MP25-27) was characterised by a “stable” faunal composition including the last occurrences of taxa inherited from the Grande Coupure and of newly...

Université de Fribourg

Large mammals from Rickenbach (Switzerland, reference locality MP29, Late Oligocene): biostratigraphic and palaeoenvironmental implications

Mennecart, Bastien ; Scherler, Laureline ; Hiard, Florent ; Becker, Damien ; Berger, Jean-Pierre

In: Swiss Journal of Palaeontology, 2012, vol. 131, no. 1, p. 161-181

Since the first exploitation of the Huppersandstones quarry of Rickenbach (Canton Solothurn, Switzerland) in 1898, many fossils of plants, molluscs, and vertebrates have been discovered. The study of the small mammals brought this locality to international recognition as the type locality for the European mammalian reference level MP29 (latest Oligocene). Our study reviews the terrestrial...