Pliocene - Fauna

Fauna

Both marine and continental faunas were essentially modern, although continental faunas were a bit more primitive than today. The first recognizable hominins, the australopithecines, appeared in the Pliocene.

The land mass collisions meant great migration and mixing of previously isolated species, such as in the Great American Interchange. Herbivores got bigger, as did specialized predators.

  • The gastropod Oliva sayana, from the Pliocene of Florida.

  • The coral Cladocora from the Pliocene of Cyprus.

  • A gastropod and attached serpulid wormtube from the Pliocene of Cyprus.

  • The gastropod Turritella carinata from the Pliocene of Cyprus.

  • The thorny oysterSpondylus right and left valve interiors from the Pliocene of Cyprus.

  • Articulated Spondylus from the Pliocene of Cyprus.

  • The limpet Diodora italica from the Pliocene of Cyprus.

  • The scaphopod Dentalium from the Pliocene of Cyprus.

  • The gastropod Aporrhais from the Pliocene of Cyprus.

  • The arcid bivalve Anadara from the Pliocene of Cyprus.

  • The pectenid bivalve Ammusium cristatum from the Pliocene of Cyprus.

  • Tube of a serpulid worm attached to a branch of the coral Cladocora from the Pliocene of Cyprus.

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