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1. chinaXiv:202104.00005 [pdf]

Taxonomic revision of the holotype of Proboselaphus watasei Matsumoto, 1915 (Bovidae, Artiodactyla) from Chuanyu area, China

NISHIOKA Yuichiro; KOHNO Naoki; KUDO Yuichiro
Subjects: Biology >> Zoology

A taxonomic revision of Proboselaphus watasei Matsumoto, 1915 (Bovidae, Artiodactyla) from the Pleistocene of Chuanyu area, China demonstrates that this genus and species names are invalid. The holotype with a skull and mandibles was recently rediscovered in the fossil collection by Nobuo Naora, which is housed in the National Museum of Japanese History, Chiba Prefecture, Japan. Proboselaphus watasei was described as a closely-related species to living nilgai, or Boselaphus tragocamelus, in South Asia, based on general characteristics of pecorans, such as small bony horn-cores and hypsodont cheek teeth. However, the cranial and dental morphologies re-examined in the present study clearly show that the holotype has cervid-specific characteristics: e.g., the fronto-parietal surface curving dorsally, the basioccipital with a triangular outline, and molars with isolated anterior and posterior lobes. The molars of the holotype are comparable to those of Cervus unicolor, in having strong accessary structures (or spurs, cingulums/cingulids, and styles/stylids), and are as large as those of Cervus cf. C. unicolor from the Pleistocene deposits in southern China. This taxonomic change suggests that any crown-boselaphins had not dispersed into East Asia since the Pleistocene.

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2. chinaXiv:202104.00006 [pdf]

Climate change and evolution of early lagomorphs (Mammalia): a study perspective based on new materials of Ordolagus from Nei Mongol (northern China)

Chiara ANGELONE; ZHANG Zhao-Qun
Subjects: Biology >> Zoology

The Early Oligocene is a critical time for global climate changes in the Cenozoic. This epoch witnessed severe mammalian faunal turnovers known as “Grande Coupure” in Europe and “Mongolian Remodelling” in Asia. However, insights about morphological changes in Oligocene mammal lineages have not been explored in detail. One of the least diversified groups of recent mammals, lagomorpha, is globally common in the fossil records, especially in Asia. During the Oligocene, many Eocene archaic lagomorph taxa died out and were replaced by more advanced forms. New findings from Nei Mongol and re-examination of the specimens from older collections enabled a revision of a common Asian lagomorph genus, Ordolagus, which possibly has a close affinity with the Middle–Late Eocene genus Gobiolagus. In Nei Mongol, we recognized the presence of Ordolagus during the basal Early Oligocene. Comparisons with coeval and slightly older lagomorph taxa from Asia and North America show that Ordolagus attained some salient tooth morphological characters (i.e., development of anteroconid on p3, full hypselodonty of cheek teeth, and lingual connection of trigonid and talonid on p4–m2), which are also the key features of modern leporids. The appearance of those morphologic features in Ordolagus is coeval to major global or regional climatic changes. Further investigations on Asian early lagomorphs compared with the study of other small mammals and local climatic factors will be essential to refine the role of lagomorphs as palaeoclimatic proxies.

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3. chinaXiv:202104.00007 [pdf]

An Upper Miocene “Hipparion fauna” locality sandwiched by basalts in Hanjiaying, Nei Mongol

WANG Qian;LIU Yan;WANG Li-Hua; Mikael FORTELIUS; ZHANG Zhao-Qun
Subjects: Biology >> Zoology

Here we report a Hipparion fauna locality discovered in between two basalt layers near Hanjiaying Village, Jining District, Wulanchabu City, Nei Mongol. K-Ar isotopic dating of the lower and upper level of the basalt constrains the age of the fauna from 7.2 to 6.8 Ma. Compared with classical Hipparion fauna from northern China, the Hanjiaying fauna is closer to those from Baode of Shanxi, Siziwang Banner of Nei Mongol and the Linxia Basin of Gansu. It is similar to the Loc. 43, 44 and 49 from Baode by faunal composition, confirming their age to be ~7.0 Ma rather than 5.5 Ma. The high similarity with the fossils from Wulanhua, Siziwang Banner, Nei Mongol, verified the age of Wulanhua fauna at about 7 Ma. Compared with faunas from the Linxia Basin, Gansu, it is more similar to those from the upper part of the Liushu Formation, especially the Yangjiashan fauna. Based on the faunal composition and their tooth morphology, the Hanjiaying fauna could be included in the “Gazella dorcadoides” fauna, which is supposed to be at the west paleobiome in northern China during the Late Miocene.

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4. chinaXiv:202009.00049 [pdf]

New fossils of Late Pleistocene Sus scrofa from Yangjiawan Cave 2, Jiangxi, China

SUN Ji-Jia; ZHANG Bei; CHEN Xi; DENG Li; ?WEN Jun; TONG Hao-Wen
Subjects: Biology >> Zoology

The YJW (Yangjiawan) Cave 2 of Pingxiang in Jiangxi Province is a karst cave that?developed in the Permian limestone of the Changxing Formation, which is filled with clay and?grit of Late Pleistocene age. Six excavations have been conducted at the site since 2015. More?than ten thousand mammalian fossils have been unearthed, and the wild boar fossils account for?approximately 49%, which represents the richest wild boar fossil tooth collection of Pleistocene?age in southern China. This study focuses on the studies of the canine teeth and the third molars,?and mainly compares fossils of Sus peii and S. xiaozhu in South China and the data of extant S.?scrofa respectively in dental morphology and odontometric data analyses which includes scatter?plot analysis, regression analysis, coefficient of variation analysis and linear discriminant analysis.?The typical scrofic type of the male’s lower canine teeth confirmed the identification of the suid?fossils from YJW Cave 2 as S. scrofa. Although the male’s lower canines, the M2s and m3s,?are among the most variable teeth in sizes, they stay in the ranges of S. scrofa; furthermore, the?scatterplots of both the upper and lower third molars form two distinct clusters respectively, which?can probably be attributed to sexual dimorphism rather than resulting from a mixture of different?suid species. The post-Early Pleistocene suid fauna in southern China is almost only composed of?S. scrofa, which is quite different from the adjacent Southeast Asia where the suid fauna is quite?taxonomically diversified and dominated by the verrucosic type.

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5. chinaXiv:202009.00050 [pdf]

Late Miocene micromammalian assemblage of Tuchengzi and its biochronological position in Neogene faunal sequence in central Nei Mongol, China

ZHANG Li-Min; DONG Wei; Ni Xi-Jun; LI Qiang
Subjects: Biology >> Zoology

Neogene strata rich in fossil mammals are well exposed in central Nei Mongol, China. Over a dozen mammalian faunas in chronological succession from Early Miocene to Early Pliocene were discerned in this region, and they built a fundamental part of the Neogene land mammal biochronological system in northern China. Tuchengzi was first recognized for producing abundant mammalian fossils during the Sino-Soviet Paleontological Expedition (SSPE) initiated in 1959. However, all unearthed fossils from the SSPE were either large- or middle-sized mammals, and small mammal fossils in the Tuchengzi Fauna were deficient for a long time. The composition and biochronological position of the Tuchengzi Fauna in the Neogene mammalian biochronological system in northern China was not particularly clear. The new fossils here reported are represented by 6 taxa of small mammals. Based on the co-occurrence of Lophocricetus grabaui, Sinocricetus zdanskyi, Prosiphneus licenti, Hansdebruijnia pusilla, and Moschus grandaevus, the age of the Tuchengzi Fauna is constrained to late Late Miocene or Baodean Chinese Land Mammal Age, slighter younger than the Baogeda Ula Fauna and older than the Ertemte Fauna. Judging from the fossil composition, the Tuchengzi Fauna possibly inhabited a forest-steppe mixed habitat during the late Late Miocene.

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6. chinaXiv:202008.00033 [pdf]

Taxonomic revision of Anthracokeryx thailandicus ?Ducrocq, 1999 (Anthracotheriidae, Microbunodontinae)?from the Upper Eocene of Thailand

DUCROCQ Stéphane
Subjects: Biology >> Zoology

The anthracotheriid (Mammalia, Cetartiodactyla) species Anthracokeryx thailandicus from the Upper Eocene of Thailand is redescribed in details and a revision of its phylogenetic position within the family is proposed. A combination of important dental differences has been observed that led to attribute the Thai form to a distinct genus, Geniokeryx gen. nov., which represents the third genus included into the Microbunodontinae. The new genus is characterized mainly by its unfused short and deep mandibular symphysis, massive lower and upper premolars, weakly selenodont upper molars that exhibit a protostyle and lack an ectometacristule. The peculiar morphology of its symphysis might have been a sexually dimorphic feature that provided the role of a lateral protection for the enlarged upper canine in males as seen in some Paleogene nimravid carnivorans like Eusmilus. A short review of some Anthracokeryx species from China suggest that A. dawsoni might be synonymous to A. sinensis.

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7. chinaXiv:202008.00034 [pdf]

Additional tsaganomyid, cylindrodontid and?ctenodactyloid rodent materials from the Erden Obo?section, Erlian Basin (Nei Mongol, China)

LI Qian
Subjects: Biology >> Zoology

To improve the Paleogene biochronological framework of the Erlian Basin, Nei Mongol?and clarify the diversity of fossil rodents in this region, new tsaganomyids (Cyclomylus lohensis,Coelodontomys asiaticus) from the “Upper White” beds, cylindrodontids (Gobiocylindrodon sp.,Proardynomys sp., and Cylindrodontidae gen. et sp. indet.) from the “Middle Red” and “Lower?Red” beds, and ctenodactyloids (Yuomys sp.) from the “Lower White” beds of the Erden Obo?section are reported. The appearance of C. lohensis and Co. asiaticus from the Erden Obo section?confirms that the age of the “Upper White” beds is Early Oligocene. The “Upper White” beds?of the Erden Obo section and the top bed of the Nom Khong Obo are confirmed to belong to the?same formation by both lithofacies and mammalian fossils. The different kinds of cylindrodontids?found from the different horizons of the Erden Obo section show that the cylindrodontids had a?high diversity and a relative continuous evolution in Eocene Asia.

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8. chinaXiv:202008.00035 [pdf]

A new species of Luganoia (Luganoiidae, Neopterygii) from the Middle Triassic Xingyi Biota, Guizhou, China

XU Guang-Hui
Subjects: Biology >> Zoology

新鳍鱼类是辐鳍鱼亚纲中最大的现生类群,中三叠世卢加诺鱼科则是新鳍鱼类干群中的一支,具有特化的头骨和特别高的侧腹鳞片。自1939年命名以来,卢加诺鱼科仅以瑞士东部和南部、意大利北部和西班牙东南部中三叠世海相地层安尼期/拉丁期界线附近发现的瓷鳞卢加诺鱼(Luganoia lepidosteoides)为唯一代表。根据贵州兴义中三叠世晚期(拉丁期)海相地层发现的一块较完整的精美鱼化石,命名了卢加诺鱼属一新种,祥瑞卢加诺鱼(Luganoia fortuna sp. nov.)。新种代表了卢加诺鱼科在亚洲的首次出现,表明此科的生物地理分布比之前认识的要大很多。基于新种与模式种的比较研究,修订了卢加诺鱼属的鉴定特征,揭示了该属过去一些未注意到的解剖学特征,例如存在一对眶前骨,缺少板片状的方颧骨,背鳍基部具有一狭长的裸露身体区域;臀鳍很小,与尾鳍的距离比与腹鳍更近;后匙骨缺失。此外,详细列举了中国新种与欧洲模式种的形态差异,研究结果为了解卢加诺鱼属的形态多样性提供了重要信息。

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9. chinaXiv:202004.00001 [pdf]

Reappraisal of Serridentinus gobiensis Osborn & Granger?and Miomastodon tongxinensis Chen:the validity of Miomastodon

WANG Shi-Qi; ZHANG Xiao-Xiao; LI Chun-Xiao?
Subjects: Biology >> Zoology

The elephantimorph proboscideans, Serridentinus gobiensis Osborn & Granger, 1932, and Miomastodon tongxinensis Chen, 1978, from the Middle Miocene of northern China, were revised as Zygolophodon gobiensis (Osborn & Granger, 1932). However, their phylogenetic positions are still being debated because of their intermediate morphology between the typical bunodont (Gomphotheriidae) and zygodont (Mammutidae) elephantimorphs. In the present paper, we compare their dental and mandibular morphology with that of the Eurasian Z. turicensis, Gomphotherium subtapiroideum, and G. tassyi, as well as the North American Mio. merriami and G. productum. It appears that S. gobiensis and Mio. tongxinensis share with Mio. merriami the slightly more bunodont molar morphology than that of Z. turicensis, e.g., the thicker enamel, thicker pretrite crescentoids, higher interlophid enamel pillars in buccal view, and the narrower contour majorly caused by the narrower posttrite half loph(id)s. S. gobiensis and Mio. merriami also possess an “erected oval cross-sectioned mandibular tusk”, in which the cross-section is mediolaterally compressed (dorsoventral diameter being larger than the mediolateral one). Whereas, in Z. turicensis and G. productum, the mandibular tusk is “laid oval cross-sectioned”, in which the cross-section is dorsoventrally compressed (dorsoventral diameter is smaller than the mediolateral one). Therefore, it is reasonable to revive the genus Miomastodon Osborn, 1922, which contains the species that were previously attributed to Zygolophodon, but they have relatively bunodont molar morphology (i.e., the robust type of the Z. turicensis group). The mandibular tusk with erected?oval cross-section seems to be a synapomorphy of Miomastodon species. Furthermore, the molar morphology of G. subtapiroideum and G. tassyi also exhibits intermediate status between the typical bunodonts and zygodonts. However, the mandibular symphysis of G. subtapiroideum and G. tassyi is stronger than that of Miomastodon, and the mandibular tusk is pyriform cross-sectioned. The validity of Miomastodon and G. subtapiroideum/tassyi obscures the boundary between the Gomphotheriidae and Mammutidae, and suggests that the evolutions of the Gomphotheriidae and?Mammutidae are deeply involved in with each other, rather than straightforwardly detached. This phenomenon has been revealed by a collagen sequence analysis among Notiomastodon, Mammut, and extant elephants, which should be further studied.

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10. chinaXiv:202004.00002 [pdf]

New material of Cervidae (Artiodactyla, Mammalia) from?Xinyaozi Ravine in Shanxi, North China

DONG Wei; BAI Wei-Peng; PAN Yue; LIU Wen-Hui
Subjects: Biology >> Zoology

Many cervid specimens were uncovered during the field exploration for Nihewan beds?at the beginning of the 1980s from Taijiaping, Shuichongkou and Dazhuangke localities along?Xinyaozi Ravine at Nangaoya Township of Tianzhen County, Shanxi Province in North China.?Recent studies on the cervid material identified seven species of Cervidae in total: Muntiacus?bohlini, Cervavitus cf. C. huadeensis, Axis shansius, Nipponicervus elegans, Elaphurus?davidianus predavidianus, E. bifurcatus from the Early Pleistocene deposits at Taijiaping and?Shuichongkou localities, and Cervus (Elaphus) elaphus from uncertain horizon at Dazhuangke. At?least the previous six species of cervids were from Nihewan Formation (Nihewanian or equivalent?to European middle and late Villafranchian), i.e. the Early Pleistocene, in Sangganhe Basin area.Cervavitus cf. C. huadeensis and A. shansius were survivors from the Late Neogene; M. bohlini,N. elegans, E. davidianus predavidianus and E. bifurcatus are new forms of the Early Pleistocene.If Dazhuangke horizon can be dated as those of Shuichongkou and Taijiaping localities, the appearance of elaphoid cervids could be traced back to the Early Pleistocene, and the evolution of?elaphoid antler would start from absence to presence of bez tine. The presence of Elaphurus and?Nipponicervus in mainland China and Japanese archipelago implies further that the sea level was?dropped down that these cervids could migrate from the mainland to the islands. The abundance?of folivorous cervid specimens in the Xinyaozi Ravine area indicates the existence of a certain?scale of forested environment in Sangganhe Basin area during the Early Pleistocene.

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