Hoplitomerycidae (Late Miocene, Italy), an Example of Giantism in Insular Ruminants

  title={Hoplitomerycidae (Late Miocene, Italy), an Example of Giantism in Insular Ruminants},
  author={P. Mazza and Maria Adelaide Rossi and S. Agostini},
  journal={Journal of Mammalian Evolution},
  • P. Mazza, Maria Adelaide Rossi, S. Agostini
  • Published 2014
  • Biology
  • Journal of Mammalian Evolution
  • The remains of the largest Hoplitomeryx known to date have been retrieved from the upper Miocene limestones of Scontrone (Abruzzo, central Italy). Hoplitomerycidae derived from small-sized Oligocene Tragulina ruminants. Therefore, this is the first giant insular ruminant ever described. Insular giantism has been notoriously exhibited by other taxa, such as rodents. It is suspected for the largest Cretan deer Candiacervus, if these cervids monophyletically are derived from Dama. This large… CONTINUE READING
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