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    The oldest known Miocene snake fauna from Central Europe: Merkur-North locality, Czech Republic
Statement of responsibility
    Martin Ivanov
    Ivanov, Martin
Source title - serial
    Acta palaeontologica polonica
    Vol. 47, no. 3
    p. 513-534
    12 obr., 1 tab., 2 s. bibl.
    Zkr. název ser.: Acta palaeont. pol.
Subject group
    podkrušnohorské pánve
    popis taxonů
Geographical name
    Dolnice (Cheb)
    Evropa střední
    Tušimice (Chomutov)
Abstract (in english)
   The Early Miocene Merkur-North locality (MN 3a) represents the oldest known Miocene ophidian locality in Europe east of Germany. The snake assemblage is characterised by high species diversity and includes the following families: Boidae (Bavarioboa sp.), Colubridae (Coluber dolnicensis, Coluber suevicus, Coluber caspioides, cf. Elaphe sp., Natrix merkurensis sp. nov., Natrix sansaniensis), Elapidae (Elapidae gen. et sp. indet.), and Viperidae (Vipera sp. - "Vipera aspis" complex). Fossils of the extinct species, Coluber dolnicensis, Coluber suevicus, and Natrix sansaniensis, represent their earliest known occurrences. The cranial elements of C. suevicus and N. sansaniensis are described for the first time. Discoveries of cf. Elaphe sp. may represent the earliest fossil member of the genus Elaphe. Elapidae gen. et sp. indet. probably represents the oldest known member of the cobras
    Česká geologická služba
Contributor code
    ČGS (UNM)
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Entered date
    28. 3. 2008
Import date
    8. 8. 2012