- GeoRef, Copyright 2004, American Geological Institute. Reference includes data from Bibliography of Fossil Vertebrates, Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, Berkeley, CA, United States
Six hundred fifty-six mandibles and isolated teeth of the bovid Pachytragus solignaci Robinson from two localities in the Miocene Beglia Formation, Gafsa, Tunisia, have been aged on the basis of ontogenetic development and state of dental wear. The sample probably represents normal but seasonally restricted mortality. Life table analysis indicates an annual mortality rate of 25-30%, increasing in old animals. Dental dimensions are affected by stabilizing selection which sets in as the tooth comes into function, earlier mortality being nonselective in that respect.--Modified journal abstract.