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A Messinian (latest Miocene) occurrence for Albanerpeton Estes & Hoffstetter, 1976 (Lissamphibia: Albanerpetontidae) at Moncucco Torinese, Piedmont Basin, northwestern Italy, and a review of the European Cenozoic record for albanerpetontids

James D. GARDNER, Andrea VILLA, Simone COLOMBERO, Márton VENCZEL & Massimo DELFINO

en Geodiversitas 43 (14) - Pages 391-404

Published on 01 July 2021

This article is a part of the thematic issue Memorial Jean-Claude Rage: A life of paleo-herpetologist

Albanerpetontids are an extinct clade of superficially salamander-like lissamphibians that range from the Middle Jurassic (Bathonian)-Early Pleistocene and have a primarily Laurasian distribution. The best Cenozoic record for the clade is in Europe, where two species in the type genus Albanerpeton Estes & Hoffstetter, 1976 occur in over 40 localities of early Oligocene-Early Pleistocene age in Austria, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, and Serbia. From the post-evaporitic Messinian (5.41-5.33 Ma or latest Miocene) succession at Moncucco Torinese, in the Piedmont Basin, northwestern Italy, here we describe isolated albanerpetontid jaws and vertebrae referable to A. pannonicum Venczel & Gardner, 2005. This Italian occurrence extends the temporal record for A. pannonicum from the Early Pleistocene and Pliocene back into the latest Miocene and it narrows the temporal gap between that species and its European congener, A. inexpectatum Estes & Hoffstetter, 1976 (early Oligocene-late Miocene).


Keywords :

Albanerpetontidae, Albanerpeton, Italy, Moncucco Torinese, Piedmont Basin, Miocene, Messinian

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