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Early Miocene herpetofaunas from the Greek localities of Aliveri and Karydia – bridging a gap in the knowledge of amphibians and reptiles from the early Neogene of southeastern Europe

Authors

GEORGALIS Georgios L. VILLA Andrea IVANOV Martin ROUSSIAKIS Socrates SKANDALOS Panagiotis DELFINO Massimo

Year of publication 2019
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Historical Biology
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Science

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Doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08912963.2017.1417404
Keywords Amphibia;Reptilia;Miocene;taxonomy;biogeography;Greece
Description We here describe new remains of amphibians and reptiles from the early Miocene (MN 4) of two different Greek localities, Aliveri and Karydia. The newly described material consists of urodelans, alytids, indeterminate anurans, turtles, crocodylians, lacertids, indeterminate scincomorphs, anguids, colubrids, viperids, and indeterminate snakes. The presence of the frog Latonia cf. gigantea in Greece is documented for the first time. Additionally, the presence of viperids in Aliveri implies a much wider distribution for these snakes during the early Miocene of Europe. Of special interest is the presence of a peculiar colubrid that seems to possess a hitherto unknown vertebral structure, which is herein defined as the ‘paracentral ridge’. Although incomplete, the new material has important taxonomic and biogeographic implications, as it enhances our understanding of southeastern European herpetofaunas from the early Miocene, a time period that was characterised by major dispersal and extinction events and climatic change that affected the whole continent.