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On new records of fossil elephants at alcamo sicily italy

On new records of fossil elephants at alcamo sicily italy

Naturalista Siciliano 12(3-4): 87-98

The oldest part of the small town of Alcamo (W-Sicily) is built on a thick sequence of a continental sandy limestone (locally called "travertino"), actively quarried. We notice here the recent record of bones of some individuals of the dwarf Elephas falconeri, of a cast of the shell of a giant turtle Geochelone sp., and of a lot of eggs of the same turtle. The presence we recently recorded of remains of Elephas mnaidriensis within the "terra rossa" filling of some fissures of the "travertino", is very important, because let us conclude Elephas mnaidrensis is more recent than E. falconeri (in perfect agreement with absolute datations). This conclusion let us furnish a new outline of the chronologic distribution of the Sicilian mammals during the Pleistocene.

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