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New data on the Equus stenonis Cocchi, 1867 from the late Pliocene locality of Sésklo (Thessaly, Greece)

Athanassios ATHANASSIOU

en Geodiversitas 23 (3) - Pages 439-469

Published on 28 September 2001

The equid material from the late Pliocene locality of Sésklo (Thessaly, Greece) is described and compared in this article. It belongs to a large and fairly stout Equus stenonis form, which shares many morphological characters with the species samples from Saint-Vallier, La Puebla de Valverde and Olivola, as well as with already known Equus stenonis samples from other Greek localities (Dafneró, Vólax). Its main features are the big skull and limbs, the short protocones and the very simple enamel plication in the teeth. Large sized and relatively robust stenonid horses are common elements of the late Pliocene faunas of Greece.

Keywords :

Mammalia, Perissodactyla, Equidae, Equus stenonis, late Pliocene, Villafranchian, Thessaly, Greece

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