La Roma

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La Roma is a Miocene fossil site in the Teruel Province of Spain.[1]

A micropaleontological analysis of the digestion and diet of hyenas of the latter part of the Miocene age was made possible from a large sample of coprolite in the La Roma 2 site.[2] A species of Hipparion from the later Vallesian was found at La Roma 2.[1]

Bones of the rhinoceros Dicerorhinus schleiemacheri in La Roma 2 and Masia del Barbo in the Teruel region were exceptionally larger than the upper range for the species as specified by Guérin (1980).[3]

Excavation of two sites assigned to MN 10 contained the youngest example of the Semigenneta (Viverridae) and the oldest Ursidae (bear) genus Indarctos.[4]


  1. ^ a b Pesquero, MD; Alberdi, MT; Alcalá, L (March 2006). "New Species of Hipparion from La Roma 2 (Late Vallesian; Tertuel, Spain): A Study of the Morphological and Biometric Variability of Hipparion primigenium". Journal of Paleontology. 80 (2): 343–356. doi:10.1666/0022-3360(2006)080[0343:NSOHFL]2.0.CO;2. JSTOR 4095130. 
  2. ^ Pesqueroa, MD; Salesa, MJ; Espíleza, E; Mampel, L; Siliceo, G; Alcalá, L (October 2011). "An exceptionally rich hyaena coprolites concentration in the Late Miocene mammal fossil site of La Roma 2 (Teruel, Spain): Taphonomical and palaeoenvironmental inferences". Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology. 311 (1–2): 30–37. doi:10.1016/j.palaeo.2011.07.013. 
  3. ^ Cerdeño, E (1992). "Spanish Neogene Rhinoceroses" (PDF). Palaeontology. 35 (2): 297–308. 
  4. ^ Alcalá, L; van Dam, J; Luque, L; Montoya, P; Abella, J (2005). "Nuevos mamíferos vallesienses en Masía de La Roma (Cuenca de Teruel)". Geogaceta (in Spanish and English). 37: 199–202. ISSN 0213-683X.