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Pseudomeriones - A Gerbil of the Miocene and Pliocene

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  • Neal Robbins
            Pseudomeriones was a genus of gerbils that lived during the Miocene and Pliocene. The systematic paleontology of Pseudomeriones is:   Mammalia
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          Pseudomeriones was a genus of gerbils that lived during the Miocene and Pliocene. The systematic paleontology of Pseudomeriones is:
       
      Mammalia Linnaeus 1758
      Rodentia Bowditch 1821
      Muridae Gray 1821
      Gerbillinae Gray 1825
      Pseudomeriones Schaub 1934
      Pseudomeriones abbreviatus Schaub 1934=Lophocricetus abbreviatus Teilhard 1926
      P. tchaltaensis Sen 1977
      P. rodius Sen 1977
      P. pythagorasi Sen 1977
      P. complicidens Zhang 1999
      P. latidens Sen 2004
      P. megistos Sylvestrou and Dimitris S. Kostopoulos 2007
      P. hansi Suata-Alpaslam 2009
       
          Pseudomeriones abbreviatus is the type species. Fossil remains of it have been found at Maritsa in Greece (Rhodes). They date to the MN 13 interval (7.25 - 4.9 million years ago). Other remains were discovered at Bilike in Inner Mongolia, China. They are dated to an early Pliocene interval of 5.28 - 3.6 million years ago. Some were unearthed at Pul-e Charkhi in the Kabul Basin in Afghanistan. They date to the Ruscinian stage (5.28 - 3.2 million years ago) of the Pliocene. [Note - The source of this information is The Paleobiology Database.]
          Sevket Sen wrote an article titled RODENTS AND INSECTIVORES FROM THE UPPER MIOCENE OF MOLAYAN, AFGHANISTAN. It was published in 2004 in Palaeontology, Vol. 44, Part 5, pp. 913-932. Sen discusses Pseudomeriones in the abstract and on pages 923, 924, 925, and 926. The complete text is on this link.
       
          Ge JunYi and Guo ZhengTang wrote an article titled Neogene eolian deposits within the West Qinling Mountains: Climatic and tectonic implications. It was published in 2010 in the Chinese Science Bulletin, Vol. 55, No. 15: 1483-1487. The authors discuss Pseudomeriones on page 1484. The text is on this link.
       
          Fadime Suata-Alpaslam wrote an article titled Pseudomeriones hansi no. sp. (Rodentia, Mammalia) from the Early Pliocene (Ruscinian) Fauna of Igdeli (Turkey). It was published in 2009 in The Open Geology Journal, 3, 58-63. This link has the text:
       
          This publication is a reference:
       
          Ioanna A. Sylvestrou and Dimitris S. Kostopoulos. 2007. Pseudomeriones megistos nov. sp. (Gerbillinae, Mammalia) from the Latest Miocene of Northern Greece and its phylogenetic relationships. Geobios, Volume 40, Issue 6, pp. 833-848.
       
          Neal Robbins
       
         
         
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