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Layna, Cerro Pelado (Pliocene of Spain)

Where: Soria, Spain (41.1° N, 2.3° W: paleocoordinates 41.2° N, 2.7° W)

• coordinate based on nearby landmark

When: Ruscinian (5.3 - 3.2 Ma)

• Ruscinian = Alfambrian, MN15, Middle Pliocene.

•Site was found during iron mine prospecting in 1966. It is a karst deposit in Jurassic magnesiferous limestones.

Environment/lithology: karst

• red karst deposit.

Size classes: macrofossils, mesofossils

Collection methods: bulk,

• The mine prospcetors hole was enlarged to 5x4x4 metres and some bones were recovered during this excavation in 1967, Later excavations from 1972 onwards were conducted by dividing the site into 2m squares and sieved.

•Site discoverd by Aguirre and excavated by Crusafont, Aguirre and Michaux.

Primary reference: E. Aguirre and D. Soria. 1981. Accumulated bones in a Pliocene cave in Cerro Pelado, Spain. National Geographic Society Research Reports 13:69-81 [A. Turner/H. O'Regan/H. O'Regan] more details

Purpose of describing collection: general faunal/floral analysis

PaleoDB collection 40548: authorized by Alan Turner, entered by Hannah O'Regan on 25.06.2004, edited by Torsten Liebrecht and Lars van den Hoek Ostende

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