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Cricetidae (Rodentia, Mammalia) from the oligocene of the valley of Lakes (Mongolia): the genera Aralocricetodon, Eocricetodon, Bagacricetodon, Witenia and Paracricetodon

  • López-Guerrero, Paloma Geologisch und paläontologische AbteilungNaturhistorisches Museum Wien, Austria
  • Maridet, Olivier Collection Management CenterJurassica MuseumPorrentruy, Switzerland - Department of Geosciences, Earth Sciences, University of Fribourg, Switzerland
  • Daxner-Höck, Gudrun Geologisch und paläontologische AbteilungNaturhistorisches Museum Wien, Austria
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  • Palaeobiodiversity and Palaeoenvironments. - 2017, vol. 97, no. 1, p. 93–109
English We describe the remains of Aralocricetodon Bendukidze, 1993; Bagacricetodon Gomes Rodrigues et al., 2012; Eocricetodon Wang, 2007; Witenia de Bruijn et al., 2003 and Paracricetodon Schaub, 1925 (Cricetidae, Rodentia, Mammalia) from the Taatsiin Gol and Taatsiin Tsagaan Nuur areas (Mongolia). The studied material (comprising 128 teeth) stems from 9 localities and 23 fossil layers spanning a time interval from ∼33 to ∼24 Ma (early to late Oligocene) and covering the biozones from A to C1. The general dental pattern between the species from the early and late Oligocene differed. The occlusal pattern of the molars was more complicated and the crowns were lower during the early versus late Oligocene. This indicates a change in diet towards more abrasive plants. Several of the studied species were common in both Europe and Asia Minor during the early Oligocene. The species collected from the late Oligocene have also been recorded in Kazakhstan and China. This indicates an interesting biogeographical pattern that merits future study.
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