Acta Palaeontologica Polonica

A roe deer from the Pliocene of Hidalgo, central Mexico

Eduardo Jiménez-Hidalgo and Victor M. Bravo-Cuevas

Acta Palaeontologica Polonica 60 (4), 2015: 807-813 doi:

Mexican Pliocene cervids are very poorly known. We report on new fossil material of the roe deer Capreolus constantini recovered from the Pliocene Atotonilco El Grande Formation of Santa María Amajac, Hidalgo (central Mexico). The specimens were collected from a series of layers of friable to moderately indurated polymictic conglomerate supported by a sandstone-tuffaceous-calcareous matrix. This species was formerly known only from the late Pliocene of Udunga, Russia, thus implying a dispersal event to North America around 4.0 Ma. This cervid is one of the very small number of mammals recorded from the poorly sampled Pliocene temperate deposits of Mexico.

Key words: Cervidae, Capreolus, Hidalgo, Pliocene, Mexico.

Eduardo Jiménez-Hidalgo [], Laboratorio de Paleobiología, campus Puerto Escondido, Universidad del Mar, Carretera Puerto Escondido−Oaxaca km 2.5, CP 71980, Oaxaca, México; Victor M. Bravo-Cuevas [], Museo de Paleontología, Área Académica de Biología, Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Hidalgo, Ciudad del Conocimiento s/n, Carretera Pachuca−Tulancingo km 4.5, CP 42184, Pachuca, Hidalgo, México.

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