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Floréal SOLÉ & Thierry SMITH

Dispersals of placental carnivorous mammals (Carnivoramorpha, Oxyaenodonta & Hyaenodonta) near the Paleocene-Eocene boundary: a climatic and almost worldwide story

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Mots-clés : paleobiogeography, “Miacidae”, Viverravidae, Hyaenodontidae, Oxyaenidae.

Abstract

During the Late Paleocene and around the Paleocene-Eocene boundary, there were important mammalian dispersals in Laurasia involving earliest modern mammals such as rodents, primates, perissodactyls, and artiodactyls. The placental carnivorous mammals (Viverravidae, “Miacidae”, Hyaenodontida, Oxyaenodonta) importantly took part in these dispersals. The present article shows that these latter mammals allow reconstructing faunal dispersal scenarios during the early Paleogene. Indeed, they evidenced several dispersal ways among Laurasia, but also with Africa and possibly India. The dispersal phases discussed in the present paper concern the Early Paleocene, Late Paleocene, latest Paleocene (Clarkforkian NALMA), and Paleocene-Eocene transition.

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Floréal SOLÉ & Thierry SMITH, «Dispersals of placental carnivorous mammals (Carnivoramorpha, Oxyaenodonta & Hyaenodonta) near the Paleocene-Eocene boundary: a climatic and almost worldwide story», Geologica Belgica [En ligne], volume 16 (2013), number 4 - Dispersal of continental vertebrates during the Paleogene, 254-261 URL : http://popups.ulg.ac.be/1374-8505/index.php?id=4283.

About: Floréal SOLÉ

Department of Paleontology, Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, Rue Vautier 29, B-1000 Brussels, Belgium. E-mail: floreal.sole@naturalsciences.be

About: Thierry SMITH

Department of Paleontology, Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, Rue Vautier 29, B-1000 Brussels, Belgium. E-mail: thierry.smith@naturalsciences.be