Geochronology of Type Uquian (Late Cenozoic) Land Mammal Age, Argentina

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Science  28 May 1982:
Vol. 216, Issue 4549, pp. 986-989
DOI: 10.1126/science.216.4549.986


Mammal faunas collected from the Uquía Formation at Chucalezna and Esquina Blanca in Jujuy Province, northwest Argentina, are calibrated by potassium-argon age determinations and paleomagnetic polarity data. The sediments range in age from 2.5 million years old to perhaps as young as 1.5 million years, from late Pliocene through early Pleistocene, and correspond in time to late Blancan and early Irvingtonian land mammal age faunas in North America.