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A New Fossil Mammalian Fauna

Naturevolume 43pages8587 (1890) | Download Citation



THE trustees of the British Museum have recently added to the collection at South Kensington a large series of fossil remains of mammals purchased from Prof. C. J. Forsyth-Major, which are of especial interest from several distinct points of view. These remains were obtained within the last two or three years by Prof. Forsyth-Major from a Tertiary deposit in Samos—an island in the Turkish Archipelago, lying immediately opposite the town of Ephesus, and to the south-south-west of Smyrna. This deposit, which has been discovered only quite recently, appears to be absolutely full of the bones of mammals; and in this respect it agrees with the contemporary deposits of the celebrated Pikermi ravine near Athens, the wonderful mammalian fauna of which has been fully made known to us by the labours and writings of Prof. Albert Gaudry, of the Paris Museum, and other palæontologists.


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