Véra Eisenmann

Nouvelle traduction : Introduction

Friday 20 April 2012

Cheek teeth

1-The upper are stenonine, plicated, with small protocones.

2-The lower, also stenonine, have rounded double knots, pointed linguaflexids, and deep ectoflexids on molars. There are no protostylids on the P2.

Lower Incisors

Infundibula seem to be lacking or poorly developed, at least on the I3 and I2.

Limb bones

Fragmentary, scarce, and polymorphous, they suggest the occurrence of at least two species. I have not been able to find any corelation between the various morphologies and their stratigraphical origin.

1-Third metacarpals
Some are gracile (U II 23 (34)) rather like E. tabeti (Aà¯n Hanech, Algérie); other more robust (U II 23 (208), U II 36 (138)), remind of E. stehlini (Casa Frata, Valdarno) and resemble specimens of Garba IV (Melka Kunturé, Ethiopie); all, however, may be referred to the same species.
One is very robust (U III 20 (346); it resembles the MC III of Bed I-Lower Bed II d’Oldoway, though it is larger; it gives evidence of the presence of another Equus.

2-Third metatarsals
They are even more polymorphous et more difficult to classify than the metacarpals. Schematically, the largest (U II 23 (38, 39, 40), U II 24 (8) et U III 22 F (3845)) look rather like the Equus of Pirro (Italy) but are more gracile. The other, smaller, resemble E. tabeti, but are less gracile.

3-First phalanges
Two are very robust. The anterior, U II 23 (211), does not differ very much from some phalanges of Oldoway (BK II 49, S4 F832). The posterior, U III 21 (958) may be referred to the same form.
All other phalanges, more gracile, resemble some specimens of Koobi Fora KF- and Chari- (East Turkana, Kenya) although they are larger.


No specific attribution may be proposed but the various morphologies suggest that the Equus of Ubeidiyeh belong to the middle of Early Pleistocene.


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40.Nouvelle interprétation biochronologique des grands Mammifères d’Ubeidiya, Israë l.

37.Koobi Fora

57.Les Equidés du Pléistocène d’Oubeidiyeh.

143.The Large Mammal Fauna of the Oldowayan sites of Melka-Kunturé, Ethiopia.

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