Pliocene (Blancan) vertebrates from the Palomas Formation, south-central New Mexico
Spencer G. Lucas and Wayne Oakes
Fossil vertebrates collected from the Palomas Formation near Cuchillo Negro Creek in south-central New Mexico are: Geochelone (Hesperotestudo) aff. turgida, Carnivora, Borophagus diversidens, Equidae, Equus simplicidens, Camelidae, Hemiauchenia sp., and Stegomastodon rexroadensis. These vertebrates constitute the Chuchillo Negro Creek local fauna of medial Blancan (Pliocene, about 3 Ma) age. They indicate a relatively frost-free climate and the presence of an open grassland habitat in the Chuchillo Negro Creek area during part of the Pliocene.
- Lucas, Spencer G.; Oakes, Wayne, 1986, Pliocene (Blancan) vertebrates from the Palomas Formation, south-central New Mexico, in: Truth or Consequences region, Clemons, R. E.; King, W. E.; Mack, G. H., New Mexico Geological Society, Guidebook, 37th Field Conference, pp. 249-255.