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The castorids (Mammalia, Castoridae) from the (early) middle Miocene of Gračanica (Bosnia-Herzegovina)


Five castorid teeth from the (early) middle Miocene locality Gračanica in Bosnia-Herzegovina, probably originating from lower lacustrine lignite-rich deposits, were available for study. These teeth from the upper jaw are similar in preservation, wear stage, and size and may represent only one single individual. Due to their size and morphology (mainly state of hypsodonty and closing hypostria in P4), they are referred to Stenefiber depereti. Since a semiaquatic lifestyle is assumed for Steneofiber, it may be assumed that the teeth are of autochthonous origin.

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I want to thank U. Göhlich for the opportunity of working on the beaver material from the locality mentioned. Mrs. E. Orrison, Dresden corrected the English. The helpful comments of U. Göhlich as special issue editor as well as of the reviewers J. Prieto and T. Mörs are acknowledged gratefully.

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Stefen, C. The castorids (Mammalia, Castoridae) from the (early) middle Miocene of Gračanica (Bosnia-Herzegovina). Palaeobio Palaeoenv 100, 301–305 (2020).

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  • Rodentia
  • Beavers
  • Steneofiber depereti
  • Maxillary teeth