Swiss Journal of Palaeontology

, Volume 131, Issue 1, pp 23–49 | Cite as

Revision and new data on the Early and Middle Miocene soricids (Soricomorpha, Mammalia) from Central and South-Eastern France

  • Marguerite Hugueney
  • Pierre Mein
  • Olivier Maridet


New or poorly known Soricids from the Early Miocene of Central France (Limagne d’Allier) and from the Middle Miocene of South-Eastern France (near Lyon) are studied; one new genus (Viretia) and a new species (Carposorex burkarti) are described. The soricid assemblages of the Early and late Early/Middle Miocene localities are totally different from each other and new information about appearance and evolution of the taxa are introduced. The following are lists of studied taxa for the beginning of the Early Miocene: Clapasorex bonisi, Clapasorex aff. sigei, Carposorex burkarti nov. sp., Soricella cf. discrepans, Oligosorex aff. antiquus and Crocidosoricinae indet, and for the late Early/Middle Miocene Dinosorex sansaniensis, Dinosorex pachygnathus, Heterosorex delphinensis, Miosorex desnoyersianus, Miosorex grivensis, Lartetium dehmi, Lartetium ziegleri, Turiasorex pierremeini, Viretia nov. gen. gracilidens, Paenelimnoecus micromorphus, Paenelimnoecus crouzeli and Hemisorex robustus.


Soricidae Heterosoricinae Crocidosoricinae Allosoricinae Paenelimnoecinae Soricinae Early Neogene France Central Massif Region of Lyon New taxa 



We are very pleased to celebrate a long friendship with our colleague Burkart. The Basel Museum and both Lyon’s University and Museum have been in close contact in the past 80 years through the active correspondence between J. Viret and H. Helbing, H.G. Stehlin, H. Schaub and later J. Hürzeler, and Burkart Engesser with us. We sincerely thank Loïc Costeur, Chief Editor of the Swiss Journal of Palaeontology who invited us to participate to this volume. Many thanks are due to M. Pickford for his friendly improvement of our poor English language. We are grateful to D. Jammot who began to work on Soricids and took pictures of the Miocene material during the sixties: some of these are used in this paper. Many thanks are due to G. Sirven for his long and unfailing participation in our research as well by numerous casts as by careful maintenance and numerous repairs to our old microscopes. A. Armand made SEM photographs of the Montaigu material. We also thank L. Costeur, as curator of the collections of the Museum of Basel, for the loan of the material from Saulcet and Chavroches, A. Prieur, in charge of the collections of Lyon 1 University, for the loan of the material from La Grive and Vieux-Collonges. D. Berthet, in charge of the collections of the Museum of Lyon, loaned the material from Chavroches but, unfortunately, following the cataloguing of Mein’s material from Vieux Collonges in this Museum, the specimens were for the moment not available for study. We are also thankful to two reviewers who provided interesting and detailed comments that contributed to improving this study. OM’s research is supported by the Chinese National Natural Science Foundation (41050110135) and a Research Fellowship for International Young Researchers from the Chinese Academy of Sciences (2009Y2BZ3).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marguerite Hugueney
    • 1
  • Pierre Mein
    • 1
  • Olivier Maridet
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Laboratoire de géologie de Lyon: terre, planètes, environnement, UMR CNRS 5276université Lyon 1Villeurbanne cedexFrance
  2. 2.Key Laboratory of Evolutionary Systematics of Vertebrates, Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and PaleoanthropologyChinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina

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