Fossil- Skull

Identification: Specimen

Collection: Cetaceans Miocene of Belluno

Systematic - Paleontology

Reign: Animalia
Phylum/ Division: Chordata (Vertebrata)
Order: Cetacea (Odontoceta)
Family: Eoplatanistidae
Scientific name: Eoplatanista gresalensis (Dal Piaz, 1977)
Determiner / Autor: De Muizon, Christian
Date determination / Revision: 1988

Geological age

Geochronology (Chronostratigraphy)

Eon (Eontema): Phanerozoic
Era (Eratema): Cenozoic
Period (System): Neogene
Epoca (Serie): Miocene
Age (Plain): Burdigalian
Other chronological subdivisions: Lower Miocene

Other informations

Itotype: Glauconitic sandstone

Description: The specimen, along with many others kept at the museum, represents the rich fossil cetacean fauna found in the surroundings of Libàno and Bolzano, in the Belluno Province. These fossil dolphins have many similarities with species that currently inhabit the coastal waters of river deltas, such as the Ganges. The collection of fossil cetaceans begun in the second half of the nineteenth century, when some quarries of "stone mole" were active.


Continent/Subcontinent: Europe
State: Italy
Region: Veneto
Province: Belluno
Municipality: Belluno
Place: Bolzano Bellunese

Università degli Studi di Padova, Museo di Geologia e Paleontologia

Item code: 20201


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  • Dal Piaz G.,1905- Paleontographia Italica, v. 11.
  • Dal Piaz G., 1977- Mem. Ist. Geol. R. Univ. Padova v.4 (all.): 1-23, p. 3, t. 1 f. 1.
  • Dal Piaz G.B., 1929 - Studi Trentini Sci. Nat., anno 10: 22-36, p. 29.
  • Pilleri G., 1985 - Mem. Sci. Geol., v. 36 p. 48, t. 53C-E.
  • De Muizon C., 1988 - Bull. Mus. Natl. Hist. Nat. Paris, v.10, p. 55, 59.