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New records of terrestrial Mammals from the upper Eocene Qasr el Sagha Formation, Fayum Depression, EgyptEgypt; Eocene; Fossil mammals; Qasr el Sagha Formation
Cite this article: Holroyd P. A., Simons E. L., Bown T. M., Polly P. D., Kraus M. J., 1996. New records of terrestrial Mammals from the upper Eocene Qasr el Sagha Formation, Fayum Depression, Egypt. Palaeovertebrata 25 (2-4): 175-192.
New records of terrestrial mammals from the Qasr el Sagha Formation, Fayum Depression, Egypt are reported, and the stratigraphic occurrences of these fossils noted. These include additional specimens of Moeritheríum, Barytherium, and anthracotheres, as well as the oldest record of a hyracoid in the Fayum.These Eocene mammals occur almost exclusively in the alluvial deposits of the Dir Abu Lifa Member of the Qasr el Sagha Formation and show close afﬁnities to the faunas from the lower sequence of the Jebel Qatrani Formation. There is no evidence of a more marked faunal discontinuity between the Qasr el Sagha and Jebel Qatrani Formations than there is across any of the three major breaks in sedimentation that exist within the Jebel Qatrani Formation. The faunal similarities between fossils of the lower sequence of the Jebel Qatrani Formation and of the upper part of the Qasr el Sagha Formation is consistent with recent paleomagnetic dating that suggests that these rocks differ in age by only one to two million years.
Published in Vol. 25, Fasc. 2-4 (1996)