A group of paleontologists working at Orce (Granada) found the remains of a hitherto unknown wolf speciesIt is a specimen that lived in this environment 1.6 million years ago, called “Canis orcensis”Carnivores, weighing between 15 and 20 kilograms.
A group of paleontologists led by Bienvenido Martínez-Navarro, a researcher at the Catalan Institute of Human Paleontology and an associate professor at Rovira i Virgili University (URV), has discovered This new small wolf weighs between 15 and 20 kilograms.
The Catalan Institute reported the discovery in a statement as part of field work carried out in Venta Micena, one of the Orce deposits, which is 16 million years old. It retains one of the best paleontological records of large Quaternary mammals in Europe.
The new species described by the team of Martínez-Navarro has been called “Canis orcensis” pays homage to the town of Orce.
The discovery was published in the “Comptes Rendus Palevol” magazine and added Antonio Monclova’s reconstruction of this little wolf.
The research team reinterpreted all the fossil remains of the dog genus and verified Its anatomy and measurement data are different from the classic wolf record.
“The new species found in Venta Micena is different because it is characterized by high carnivorous dentition, which shows Consume more vertebrate meat than other lower Pleistocene canines Vegetables of similar size and high omnivorous diet,” Martínez-Navarro explained in detail.
This conclusion is based on comparative studies of cranial tooth morphology, and is also supported by geochemical evidence, such as the abundance of stable nitrogen isotopes in fossils. Indicates the carnivorous habits of coyotes.
Venta Micena is a paleontological site with a unique scale According to expert calculations, more than 1 million square meters of ancient biological remains are preserved, with an average record of more than 60 fossils per meter.
“It may be the richest paleontological site in the Quaternary of the world”, Summed up the coordinator of the work team.
The diversity of species has enabled the deposit to add a lot of research in half a century It has taxonomic, taxonomic, biogeochemical or ecological properties, some of which have strong scientific significance.