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Geoheritage

, Volume 10, Issue 3, pp 353–362 | Cite as

Neogene Mammal Sites in Molina de Aragón (Guadalajara, Spain): Correlation to Other Karstic Sites of the Iberian Chain, and their Geoheritage Values

  • Jorge Morales
  • Pablo Peláez-Campomanes
  • Patricia Pérez
  • Mª Teresa Alberdi
  • Beatriz Azanza
  • Martin Pickford
  • María Ríos
  • Oscar Sanisidro
  • Gema Alcalde
  • Juan L. Cantalapiedra
  • Susana Fraile
  • Blanca García-Yelo
  • Ana Rosa Gómez-Cano
  • Verónica Hernández-Ballarín
  • Adriana Oliver
  • Enrique Cantero
  • Alberto Valenciano
  • Plinio Montoya
Original Article

Abstract

Corral de Lobato, a karstic site in the area of Molina de Aragón has been studied in a preliminary way. Even though there are not many Neogene karstic sites in the Iberian Chain, they occur in four clusters, with ages ranging from latest middle Miocene (MN7/8) to early Pleistocene (MN17). Correlations between these clusters and the reference stratigraphical units of the Tagus Basin, as well as with local and global events, are proposed. These karstic sites provide a complementary source of fossil vertebrate remains to that of the stratified sites formed lowland. The Heritage significance of such sites arises from the enhanced preservation of rare taxa or associations, and the operation of biotic concentrative processes.

Keywords

Iberian Chain Neogene Karst Tagus Basin 

Notes

Acknowledgements

This work has been carried out in the framework of the research project: CGL2015- 68333-P (MINECO/FEDER, UE), the Research Group BSCH-UCM 910607 and the Consolidated Research Group EO5 (Government of Aragón). Special thanks are due to Dra. Carmen Sesé for her important help. Also to Manuel Monasterio who showed us the location of the main vertebrate sites around Molina de Aragón, and who has always lent all kinds of support in the field and research work.

Funding

This work received financial support from the research projects CGL2015–68333-P (MINECO/FEDER, UE), Research Group BSCH-UCM 910607 and Consolidated Research Group EO5 (Aragón Government).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jorge Morales
    • 1
  • Pablo Peláez-Campomanes
    • 1
  • Patricia Pérez
    • 1
  • Mª Teresa Alberdi
    • 1
  • Beatriz Azanza
    • 2
  • Martin Pickford
    • 3
  • María Ríos
    • 1
  • Oscar Sanisidro
    • 4
  • Gema Alcalde
    • 1
  • Juan L. Cantalapiedra
    • 5
  • Susana Fraile
    • 1
  • Blanca García-Yelo
    • 1
  • Ana Rosa Gómez-Cano
    • 6
    • 7
  • Verónica Hernández-Ballarín
    • 1
  • Adriana Oliver
    • 1
  • Enrique Cantero
    • 1
  • Alberto Valenciano
    • 8
  • Plinio Montoya
    • 9
  1. 1.Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales, CSICMadridSpain
  2. 2.Departamento de Ciencias de la Tierra, Facultad CienciasUniversidad de ZaragozaZaragozaSpain
  3. 3.CR2P, MNHN, CNRS, UPMCSorbonne UniversitésParisFrance
  4. 4.Biodiversity InstituteUniversity of KansasLawrenceUSA
  5. 5.Museum für NaturkundeLeibniz Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity ScienceBerlinGermany
  6. 6.Transmitting SciencePieraSpain
  7. 7.Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont Edifici ICTA ICPCerdanyola del VallèsSpain
  8. 8.Departamento de Geología Sedimentaria y Cambio MedioambientalInstituto de Geociencias (CSIC, UCM)MadridSpain
  9. 9.Departament de Geologia, Àrea de PaleontologiaUniversitat de ValènciaValènciaSpain

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