Paleocene amphibians from Cernay, France. American Museum novitates ; no. 2295

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New York, N.Y. : American Museum of Natural History
"The late Paleocene (Thanetian) salamanders from Cernay, France, include Palaeoproteus gallicus, new species, Koaliella sp., and cf. Salamandra sp. Palaeoproteus has been known formerly only from the middle Eocene Braunkohle near Geiseltal, Germany. Evidence indicates that this elongated perennibranch is perhaps a member of the Salamandridae; it is not related to Necturus or Proteus. Koaliella is known also from the late Paleocene Walbeck deposits of Germany and resembles Neurergus and Tylototriton among modern salamandrids. Cf. Salamandra is known from only a few specimens but most closely resembles the modern genus. The frogs from Cernay include a discoglossid and unidentified neobatrachians. The discoglossid resembles Barbourula and indicates an extension back to the late Paleocene for this particular group of discoglossids in Europe. Comparison of the Cernay and late Cretaceous Lance Formation lower vertebrates indicates a similar subtropical flood-plain setting near marine waters for both localities"--P. 23.
25 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 23-25).