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Title: Els Casots (Subirats, Catalonia), a key site for the Miocene vertebrate record of Southwestern Europe
Author: Casanovas i Vilar, Isaac
Garcés Crespo, Miguel
Marcuello Pascual, Alejandro
Abella, Juan
Madurell Malapeira, J.
Jovells i Vaquer, S.
Cabrera, Lluís
Galindo, Jordi
Beamud Amorós, Elisabet
Ledo Fernández, Juanjo
Queralt i Capdevila, Pilar
Martí i Castells, Anna
Sanjuan i Girbau, Josep
Martín-Closas, Carles
Jiménez-Moreno, G.
Luján, Àngel H.
Villa, Andrea
DeMiguel, Daniel
Sánchez, Israel M.
Robles, Josep M.
Furió, Marc
Van den Hoek Ostende, L.W.
Sánchez-Marco, Antonio
Sanisidro, Óscar
Valenciano, Alberto
García-Paredes, Israel
Angelone, Chiara
Pons-Monjo, Guillem
Azanza, Beatriz
Delfino, Massimo
Bolet, Arnau
Grau-Camats, M.
Vizcaíno-Varo, Víctor
Mormeneoa, David
Kimura, Yuri
Moyà Solà, Salvador
Alba, David M.
Keywords: Paleontologia
Vertebrats fòssils
Subirats (Catalunya)
Fossil vertebrates
Subirats (Catalonia)
Issue Date: 14-Mar-2022
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
Abstract: discovered in 1989 and excavated briefly during the 1990s, resulting in the recovery of thousands of remains and the erection of several new mammal species. Excavations resumed in 2018 and continue to date. Here we provide updated results regarding the age, stratigraphy, biota and palaeoenvironment of the site. The age of the site is well constrained to ~15.9 Ma thanks to recent bio- and magnetostratigraphic data, thus coinciding with the onset of the Miocene Climatic Optimum (MCO). The stratigraphic succession at the site area indicates lacustrine to palustrine environments with cyclically oscillating water level. There are several fossiliferous layers that have yielded a vertebrate fauna comprising up to 74 different vertebrate species including amphibians, reptiles, birds and mostly mammals. The finding of several articulated partial skeletons indicate that the site records an autochthonous to parautochthonous assemblage. The abundance and completeness of the vertebrate remains together with a well-constrained age and detailed stratigraphic and palaeoenvironmental data, make els Casots a key site for understanding wetland ecosystems in southern Europe during the MCO.
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It is part of: Historical Biology, 2022, vol. 34, num. 8, p. 1494-1508
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ISSN: 0891-2963
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