Gargano Peninsula Fossils
Some 12 to 4 mya (million years ago) during the Late Miocene to Early Pliocene, a highly endemic vertebrate fauna evolved on what was then Gargano Island due to higher sea levels than today. Several of these animals were subject to island gigantism.
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