4.5" Oligocene Fossil Artiodactyla (Diplobune) Jaw Section - France

This is a fossil jaw section of a mammal of the species Diplobune minor, within the order Artiodactyla (even-toed ungulates) that was collected in Lot (formerly Quercy), France. This jaw section still contains three teeth.

The Quercy Phosphorites Formation in France is world famous for its Eocene to Miocene faunas, especially those from the upper Eocene to lower Oligocene. The latter particularly helped to understand the ‘Grande Coupure’, a dramatic faunal turnover event that occurred in Europe during the Eocene-Oligocene transition. Fossils from the Quercy Phosphorites were excavated during the mid-19th century until the early 20th century from a series of sites that are no longer accessible. These fossils have subsequently dispersed between several research institutions, unfortunately losing some temporal and geographical information in the process. This material is part of an old collection we acquired that presumably was collected along with this material in the 19th or early 20th century. A recently published paper on the mammals of the Quercy Phosphorites can be found below.

The upper Eocene-Oligocene carnivorous mammals from the Quercy Phosphorites (France) housed in Belgian collections
Diplobune minor
Lot (Formerly Quercy), France
Quercy Phosphorites Formation
4.5" Long
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