A new species of Deinsdorfia (Soricidae, Insectivora, Mammalia) from the Pliocene of Spain

Marc FURIÓ & Pierre MEIN

en Comptes Rendus Palevol 7 (6) - Pages 347-359

Published on 31 August 2008

A new species of Deinsdorfia is defined using new material coming from the karstic fissure infilling of Almenara-Casablanca 4 (Castelló, Spain), which shows important differences with the rest of the previously known species of the genus. The definition of a new species is supported by the characters found in extra material coming from the localities of Valdeganga, in the Albacete Province (Spain). The stratigraphical occurrence of this genus of pigmented-toothed shrews reinforces the idea of the Iberian Peninsula as a sink area during the Pliocene, where some Central-European soricids expanded their distribution. Most of those migrations or distributional expansions coincide with moments of climatic changes in the northern hemisphere.


Deinsdorfia doukasi nov. sp., Spain, Almenara-Casablanca, Valdeganga, Pliocene glaciation

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