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Ctenodactylid rodents in the Miocene Negev fauna of Israel

Nature volume 296, pages 645647 (15 April 1982) | Download Citation

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We report here that the first rodents from the early (or early middle) Miocene of North Africa have been found in the Rotem and Yeroham Basins in the northern Negev of Israel. The rodents are associated with a large-mammal fauna resembling those of Gebel Zelten (Libya) and Moghara Wadi and Siwa Oasis (Egypt). These are the earliest records of Miocene rodents north of the Sahara, and strongly support reconstructions of a drier, more open environment in the northern part of Africa compared with the equatorial regions, with obvious significance for the evolution of grassland-adapted faunas.

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  1. Department of Geology and Mineralogy, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, PO Box 653, Beer Sheva 84 120, Israel

    • N. F. Goldsmith
  2. Zoology Department, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel

    • E. Tchernov
  3. Institut de Paléontologie, 75005 Paris, France

    • L. Ginsburg
  4. Laboratoire de Paléontologie Vertébrés, 75230 Paris, France

    • P. Tassy
  5. American Museum of Natural History, New York, New York 10024, USA

    • J. A. Van Couvering

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