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Study Results from Natural History Museum Broaden Understanding of Paleontology

June 27, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Science Letter -- Research findings on Paleontology are discussed in a new report. According to news reporting originating in Vienna, Austria, by NewsRx editors, the research stated, "An Early Miocene gastropod fauna of the Kerala Basin in South West India is described. In total, 187 species are documented from the area based on new collections and previous literature records."

The news reporters obtained a quote from the research from Natural History Museum, "The collecting campaign focused on small sized shells and thus resulted in a surprising amount of new microgastropods. In this paper, 105 species are discussed, of these, 47 are formally described as new species and 27 are discussed as new species in open nomenclature. Only similar to 30 % of the fauna has been documented in earlier studies. In contrast, only similar to 35 % of the previously known taxa have been found again in the new samples. This relation documents the potential of this highly diverse Burdigalian fauna, which might be a key for the understanding of the diversification in the Indian Ocean and the Indo-West Pacific Region."

According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "The composition of this seagrass-associated assemblage suggests an at least Burdigalian origin of this faunal-type."

For more information on this research see: A seagrass-associated Early Miocene Indo-Pacific gastropod fauna from South West India (Kerala). Palaeontographica Abteilung A-Palaozoologie-Stratigraphie, 2014;302(1-6):73-177. Palaeontographica Abteilung A-Palaozoologie-Stratigraphie can be contacted at: E Schweizerbartsche Verlagsbuchhandlung, Naegele U Obermiller, Science Publishers, Johannesstrasse 3A, D 70176 Stuttgart, Germany (see also Paleontology).

Our news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained by contacting M. Harzhauser, Nat Hist Museum Wien, A-1010 Vienna, Austria.

Keywords for this news article include: India, Vienna, Europe, Austria, Paleontology

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Source: Science Letter