A porcupine skeleton of Hystrix (Hystrix) primigenia (Wagner) from the Upper Maeotian (Turolian) of Hadzhidimovo, SW Bulgaria

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pp. 3-20
Asenovgrad Palaeontological Branch, National Natural History Museum, Asenovgrad
Abstract: 

Relatively well preserved fossil skeleton of Hystrix primigenia (Wagner) is described. The locality near the town of Hadzhidimovo, Blagoevgrad district from which it was collected dated back as Late Maeotion, that is Turolian faunistic unit, MN12 zone. Comparisons are made with the bones of the modern species Hystrix cristata Linnaeus. It is concluded that it was a very large and adult animal whose characteristics strongly correspond to Hystrix primigenia. Some differences have been found which do not contradict to taxonomical assignment.

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Fossil porcupine, Hystrix primigenia, Maeotian (Turolian), Hadzhidimovo, SW Bulgaria, complete skeleton

VOLUME 41 (1-3)/December 2012

Faculty of Science, Department of Geology, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Mashhad, Iran
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Faculty of Science, Department of Geology, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Mashhad, Iran
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Department of Geology, Faculty of Science, University of Shahid Beheshti, Tehran, Iran
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Departamento de Ciencias de la Tierra (Paleontología) e Instituto de Investigación en Ciencias Ambientales (IUCA), Universidad de Zaragoza, C/ Pedro Cerbuna 12, E-50009 Zaragoza, Spain
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Department of Geology, Paleontology and Fossil Fuels, Faculty of Geology and Geography, Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, Sofia, Bulgaria

Geological Institute, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Acad. G. Bonchev St., Bl. 24, 1113 Sofia, Bulgaria

Geological Institute, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Acad. G. Bonchev Street, Bl. 24, 1113 Sofia, Bulgaria
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Geological Institute, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Acad. G. Bonchev Street, Bl. 24, 1113 Sofia, Bulgaria
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Geological Institute, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Acad. G. Bonchev Street, Bl. 24, 1113 Sofia, Bulgaria
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Geological Institute, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Acad. G. Bonchev Street, Bl. 24, 1113 Sofia, Bulgaria
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Geological Institute, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Acad. G. Bonchev Street, Bl. 24, 1113 Sofia, Bulgaria
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Department of Geology, Faculty of Mining and Geology, University of Belgrade, Kamenicka 6, P.O. Box 227, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia

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Department of Geology and Paleontology, University of Mining and Geology “St. Ivan Rilski”, 1700 Sofia, Bulgaria

Faculty of Geology and Geoenvironment, Department of Geography-Climatology, University of Athens, Panepistimioupolis, 15784, Athens, Greece