Dorkovo (Pliocene of Bulgaria)

Also known as DKV

Where: Bulgaria (42.0° N, 24.1° E: paleocoordinates 41.8° N, 23.9° E)

• coordinate based on nearby landmark

• outcrop-level geographic resolution

When: MN 14 (4.9 - 4.2 Ma)

• "an immense concentration of skeletons in a layer more than 1 m thick"

• bed-level stratigraphic resolution

Environment/lithology: terrestrial; lithology not reported

• none given
• none given

Size class: macrofossils

Collection methods: quarrying,

• material is in the National Museum of Natural History in Sofia

•excavations were conducted from 1985 through 1987

Primary reference: E. Delson, H. Thomas, and N. Spassov. 2005. Fossil Old World monkeys (Primates, Cercopithecidae) from the Pliocene of Dorkovo, Bulgaria. Geodiversitas 27(1):159-166 [J. Alroy/J. Alroy]more details

Purpose of describing collection: taxonomic analysis

PaleoDB collection 71061: authorized by John Alroy, entered by John Alroy on 16.04.2007

Creative Commons license: CC BY (attribution)

Taxonomic list

• "some 30 species" including birds, but only the large mammals and one rodent are listed
 Primates - Cercopithecidae
Mesopithecus monspessulanus Gervais 1859 monkey
Dolichopithecus ruscinensis Depéret 1889 monkey
 Rodentia - Cricetidae
 Perissodactyla - Rhinocerotidae
 Perissodactyla - Equidae
Hipparion crassum Gervais 1859 hipparionine horse
 Carnivora - Ursidae
 Carnivora - Mustelidae
Mustelidae indet. Fischer 1817 mustelid carnivore
 Carnivora - Hyaenidae
Hyaenidae indet. Gray 1821 hyaena
"size of Chasmaporthetes"
 Proboscidea - Gomphotheriidae
Anancus arvernensis Croizet and Jobert 1828 gomphothere
 Proboscidea - Mammutidae
Mammut borsoni Hays 1834 mastodon
 Ungulata - Suidae
Suidae indet. Gray 1821 pig
 Ungulata - Bovidae
Bovidae indet. Gray 1821 antelope
 Ungulata - Cervidae
Cervidae indet. Gray 1821 deer