Deinogalerix is by far the better known Galericinae (Galericini accordingtoVan den Hoek Ostende, 2001) from the Gargano fissure filling thanks to verycareful description of Butler 1980. However, another moon rat, very small sized,belonging to the Galericini tribe, is virtually present in all the assemblages fromthe “terre rosse” fissure filling of the Gargano. It was first mentioned in thepioneering report of Freudenthal (1971) and by Butler (1980) in his study of the“gigantic” Deinogaleri and it has been quoted in several faunal lists. It has beenascribed to Parasorex by Van den Hoek Ostende (2001), and to Galerix(Apulogalerix) by Fanfani (1999). Van den Hoek Ostende (2001) considered it andthe large Deinogalerix as derived from a common ancestor. Up to date, however, adetailed description of the characters of this gymnure has never been presentedto the scientific community. Indeed, only De Giuli et al. (1987) used the size ofthe mandible in six selected samples to describe the variation along theirproposed biochonology of the terre rosse.We present here the morphological description of a sample from FissureFilling F32, that is considered to represent the youngest phase of population ofthe Gargano Paleoarchipelago. This sample has been chosen since it is very richand is not affected by taphonomic biases. The philogenetic relationships of theGargano Galericini are discussed. The description of a new very primitive speciesof Deingalerix from Pirro 12 fissure filling (Villier, 2011) opens new perspectivesto investigate the relationships between the small and the gigantic Galericine ofthe Gargano.
|Numero di pagine||2|
|Stato di pubblicazione||Published - 2011|