Middle and Late Eocene Mammal Communities: A Major Discrepancy

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Science  07 Apr 1967:
Vol. 156, Issue 3771, pp. 62-64
DOI: 10.1126/science.156.3771.62


The multituberculate Parectypodus lovei has been found in late Eocene rocks in Montana, together with 11 other mammal species similar to those found in the late Eocene Tepee Trail Formation in Wyoming.The multituberculate and six other species are unknown in rocks of equivalent age or of middle Eocene age elsewhere.It is suggested that the known middle Eocene faunas are all taken from a similar ecological situation and do not reflect the true diversity of middle Eocene life. Middle Eocene faunas of different ecological aspect may be recovered from sediments along, and in, the mountain fronts of northwestern Wyoming.