Acta Palaeontologica Polonica

Suidae and Santheriidae from Wadi Moghra, early Miocene, Egypt

Martin Pickford, Ellen R. Miller, and Ahmed N. El-Barkooky

Acta Palaeontologica Polonica 55 (1), 2010: 1-11 doi:

New suid and sanithere material from Wadi Moghra, early Miocene, Egypt, is described and discussed. The new material greatly improves the sample size and diversity of suoids known from North Africa, and includes one species of Sanitheriidae and three species of Kubanochoerinae. The Moghra suoid assemblage most closely resembles that from Gebel Zelten, Libya, suggesting that at least part of the Moghra deposits may overlap in time with part of Zelten, i.e., is equivalent in age to MN 4–5 of the European mammal zonation, or PIII of the East African one. Information from suids and sanitheres is consistent with previous interpretations, that the Moghra deposits were formed under swampy and littoral paleoenvironmental conditions.

Key words: Mammalia, Suidae, Sanitheriidae, biochronology, Miocene, Egypt, Africa.

Martin Pickford [], Département Histoire de la Terre, Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, 8, rue Buffon, 75005, Paris, France; Ellen R. Miller [], Department of Anthropology, Wake Forest University, Winston Salem, NC 27103, USA; Ahmed N. El-Barkooky [], Geology Department, Faculty of Sciences, Cairo University, Egypt.

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