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Paleontological Journal

, Volume 46, Issue 1, pp 92–103 | Cite as

Morphometric study of the skull of a Late Pleistocene mummy of the Bilibino horse from the western Chukchi Peninsula

  • N. N. SpasskayaEmail author
  • T. V. Kuznetsova
  • A. V. Sher
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Abstract

The skull of a mummy horse from the Late Pleistocene of the western Chukchi Peninsula is described. This is the seventh horse mummy recorded during the past 150 years in the Pleistocene permafrost of Siberia. Because of unique preservation (the skeleton is covered by soft tissues and skin) and young individual age (1–1.5 years of age), it is presently impossible to provide its correct species allocation of this specimen. Morphological features of the skull proportions and dentition of the Bilibino horse apparently reflect both species and individual characteristics of the structure and development.

Keywords

Equus Bilibino horse mummy Late Pleistocene western Chukchi Peninsula 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • N. N. Spasskaya
    • 1
    Email author
  • T. V. Kuznetsova
    • 2
  • A. V. Sher
    • 3
  1. 1.Zoological MuseumMoscow State UniversityMoscowRussia
  2. 2.Department of Paleontology, Geological FacultyMoscow State UniversityMoscowRussia
  3. 3.Severtsov Institute of Ecology and EvolutionRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia

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