We report here for the first time the occurrence in the Montopoli large mammal fossil assemblage of a small equid taxon identified as “Hipparion” sp., associated to the monodactyl large horse Equus cf. livenzovensis. This occurrence has been recognised on a specimen that the late De Giuli (1938-1988) identified as Hipparion sp. in unpublished notes available in the archives of the Vertebrate Palaeontology Laboratory of the Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra at the Università degli Studi di Firenze. Although fragmentary, the specimen documents the occurrence of “Hipparion” at the middle Villafranchian (early Pleistocene, ca. 2.5 Ma) site of Montopoli, one of the latest occurrences of an hipparionine horse in western Europe. The western Eurasian “Hipparion” evolutionary history is summarised herein.

A late occurring “Hipparion” from the middle Villafranchian of Montopoli, Italy (Early Pleistocene; MN16b; ca. 2.5 Ma)

Rook L.;Cirilli O.;
2017

Abstract

We report here for the first time the occurrence in the Montopoli large mammal fossil assemblage of a small equid taxon identified as “Hipparion” sp., associated to the monodactyl large horse Equus cf. livenzovensis. This occurrence has been recognised on a specimen that the late De Giuli (1938-1988) identified as Hipparion sp. in unpublished notes available in the archives of the Vertebrate Palaeontology Laboratory of the Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra at the Università degli Studi di Firenze. Although fragmentary, the specimen documents the occurrence of “Hipparion” at the middle Villafranchian (early Pleistocene, ca. 2.5 Ma) site of Montopoli, one of the latest occurrences of an hipparionine horse in western Europe. The western Eurasian “Hipparion” evolutionary history is summarised herein.
Rook, L.; Cirilli, O.; Bernor, R. L.
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