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While key early(iest) fossils were recently discovered for several crown afrotherian mammal orders, basal afrotherians, e.g., early Cenozoic species that comprise sister taxa to Paenungulata, Afroinsectiphilia or Afrotheria, are nearly unknown, especially in Africa. Possible stem condylarth-like relatives of the Paenungulata (hyraxes, sea-cows, ele...
The Oxfordian fauna from the Terrain à Chailles Formation, eastern France (Haute-Saône, Franche-Comté) is remarkable for its exceptionally preserved crustaceans found in siliceous concretions locally named “chailles”. The crustacean fauna includes 9 different species assigned to the Glypheidae, the Erymidae, the Eryonidae and the Axiidae. Glypheid...
During the last three decades, and particularly, very recently, our knowledge of the emergence of tetrapods has dramatically increased due to discoveries of outstanding fossils, new technologies and renewed scientific interest concerning the so-called “fish-tetrapod transition”. This article is a concise overview of our current knowledge of origin,...