Calibration of the Beginning of the Age of Mammals in Patagonia

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Science  03 Apr 1981:
Vol. 212, Issue 4490, pp. 43-45
DOI: 10.1126/science.212.4490.43


Beds of the Rio Chico Formation containing the earliest known land mammals in Patagonia, southern Argentina, were calibrated by potassium-argon age determinations and paleomagnetic polarity data. The Riochican land mammal age encompasses the middle and late Paleocene and corresponds in time with Torrejonian and Tiffanian land mammal faunas in North America.