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Gaudeamus lavocati sp. nov. (Rodentia, Hystricognathi) from the early Oligocene of Zallah, Libya: first African caviomorph?
A new African species of hystricognathous rodent, Gaudeamus lavocati sp. nov., is described herein from the early Oligocene deposits of Zallah locality (Sirt basin, Central Libya). The dentalExpand
New Hystricognathous Rodents from the Early Oligocene of Central Libya (Zallah Oasis, Sahara Desert): Systematic, Phylogenetic, and Biochronologic Implications
ABSTRACT Four fossil rodent taxa are described from a new locality in the Oligocene Continental and Transitional Marine Deposits outcropping in the vicinity of Zallah, Sirt Basin, central Libya.Expand
Late middle Eocene epoch of Libya yields earliest known radiation of African anthropoids
The discovery of the oldest known diverse assemblage of African anthropoids from the late middle Eocene Dur At-Talah escarpment in central Libya indicates either a much longer interval of anthropoid evolution in Africa than is currently documented in the fossil record or the nearly synchronous colonization of Africa by multiple anthropoid clades at some time during themiddle Eocene epoch. Expand
New fossils from the Paleogene of central Libya illuminate the evolutionary history of endemic African anomaluroid rodents
Two new taxa of African Paleogene anomaluroids from sites in the Sirt Basin of central Libya are described, including a new Eocene species of the nementchamyid genus Kabirmys, which ranks among the oldest African anomalurids recovered to date, and a new genus and species of Anomaluridae from the early Oligocene, which appears to be closely related to extant Zenkerella, the only living non-volant anomalurid. Expand
A new early Oligocene mammal fauna from the Sirt Basin, central Libya: Biostratigraphic and paleobiogeographic implications
Abstract We report the discovery of a new early Oligocene vertebrate fauna from the vicinity of Zallah Oasis in the Sirt Basin of central Libya. The Zallah Incision local fauna has been recoveredExpand
New insight into the sedimentology and stratigraphy of the Dur At Talah tidal-fluvial transition sequence (Eocene–Oligocene, Sirt Basin, Libya)
Abstract The Dur At Talah escarpment is exposed in the Abu Tumayam Trough at the southern part of the Sirt Basin, central Libya. The cliff (∼145 m high and ∼150 km long) is oriented along an E–W axisExpand
Miocene humid intervals and establishment of drainage networks by 23 Ma in the central Sahara, southern Libya
Terrestrial and lacustrine Neogene and Quaternary sediments in the Libyan Fezzan provide key evidence for paleoclimate changes in the central Sahara, associated with Lake Megafezzan. Understanding ofExpand
A new species of Apidium (Anthropoidea, Parapithecidae) from the Sirt Basin, central Libya: First record of Oligocene primates from Libya.
A phylogenetic analysis based on dental characters indicates that the new species of Apidium from Libya is the sister group ofApidium phiomense, and Climatic deterioration during the early Oligocene may have impacted the macroevolutionary dynamics of early Afro-Arabian anthropoids by fostering the fragmentation of forest habitats, thereby promoting allopatric speciation among widespread populations of Apidi and other arboreal taxa. Expand
Biogeographic Provincialism Shown by Afro-Arabian Mammals during the Middle Cenozoic: Climate Change, Red Sea Rifting and Global Eustasy
Distributional patterns of early Oligocene mammals from the northern part of Afro-Arabia support at least a moderate degree of faunal provincialism at that time. These patterns of endemism areExpand