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The oldest fossil hippopotamus (Hippopotamus laloumena) of Madagascar (Belobaka, Mahajanga Province)

Abstract : The Upper Pleistocene site Belobaka XVII (about 20,000 years) has yielded some Hippopotami remains included in a very hard breccia. Among this material two lower premolars, a juvenile calcaneus, two juvenile metatarsals and a first abaxial phalange have been cleaned and can be studied. They belong to Hippopotamus laloumena Faure and Guerin, 1990, allowed us to know for the first time the P/2 and P/3 of that species and confirm its validity. Belobaka is then the third Malagasyan site where H. laloumena has been found, and the first which yielded Pleistocene hippopotami remains
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Martine Faure, Claude Guérin, Dominique Genty, Dominique Gommery, Beby Ramanivosoa. The oldest fossil hippopotamus (Hippopotamus laloumena) of Madagascar (Belobaka, Mahajanga Province). Comptes Rendus Palevol, Elsevier, 2010, 9 (4), pp.155-162. ⟨10.1016/j.crpv.2010.04.002⟩. ⟨insu-00672452⟩



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