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El sistema de yacimientos de mamíferos miocenos del Cerro de los Batallones, Cuenca de Madrid: estado actual y perspectivas

AuthorsMorales, Jorge CSIC ORCID CVN ; Pozo, M.; Silva, Pablo G.; Domingo, M. Soledad; López-Antoñanzas, Raquel; Álvarez Sierra, M. Ángeles CSIC; Antón, Mauricio; Martín Escorza, Carlos CSIC; Quiralte, Victoria; Salesa, Manuel J. CSIC ORCID ; Sánchez, Israel Miguel CSIC ORCID; Azanza, Beatriz; Calvo Sorando, J. P.; Carrasco, Pedro; García Paredes, Israel CSIC; Knoll, Fabien CSIC ORCID; Hernández Fernández, M. CSIC ORCID; Hoek Ostende, L. van den; Merino, Luis; Meulen, Albert Jan van der; Montoya, Plinio; Peigné, Stéphane; Peláez-Campomanes, Pablo CSIC ORCID ; Sánchez Marco, Antonio CSIC ORCID; Turner, A.; Abella, Juan CSIC ORCID; Alcalde Rincón, Gema María CSIC; Andrés, M.; Miguel Cascán, Daniel de CSIC ORCID; Cantalapiedra, Juan L. CSIC ORCID; Fraile, Susana CSIC; García Yelo, Blanca A. CSIC; Gómez Cano, Ana R. CSIC ORCID CVN; López Guerrero, Paloma CSIC ORCID; Oliver Pérez, Adriana CSIC ORCID; Siliceo, Gema CSIC ORCID
Issue Date2008
PublisherSeminario de Paleontología de Zaragoza
CitationPalaeontologica Nova. Publicaciones del Seminario de Paleontología de Zaragoza 8: 41-117 (2008)
AbstractThe Cerro de los Batallones (Los Batallones Butte) is located in the central-northern area of the Madrid Basin, central Spain. Nine vertebrates localities containing a large variety of mammals of Upper Vallesian Age (Late Miocene) have been found associated with the sediments forming the butte. From bottom to top, these sediments consist of magnesian lutite beds (Unit I), paleosols formed of sepiolite and opal (Unit II), and siliclastic, marlstone and carbonate beds (Unit III). The set of ERT profiles developed in Los Batallones Butte have demonstrate that electrical imaging techniques are an estimable tool for the characterization and prospecting of fossil sites developed in fine-grained siliciclastic sequences. These localities contain an exceptionally rich, varied and well-preserved vertebrate fauna together with invertebrate and plant fossils. Carnivore species are strikingly well represented at Batallones 1 and 3, and large herbivore species, such as mastodons, rhinoceros and giraffes, at Batallones 2, 4, 5 and 10. The taphonomical studies, together with the morphological features shown by the sedimentary fills of the mammal localities, permit an overall interpretation of these deposits as vertebrate traps. The study of these localities should offer a significant contribution to our understanding of the formation pattern of trap-like paleontological sites - which so far have been typically reported in karstic-type systems -, as well as an important source of paleobiological information about numerous vertebrate groups.
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