Important Scaphopod Publications: “I molluschi del Messiniano di Borelli (Torino). 2. Scaphopoda.”

Pavia title page
I haven’t posted anything on my blog for a while, due to a lack of time. It is my intention to start publishing about my activities and the activities of my friends more regularly here.

This is the first of a series of posts called “Important Scaphopod Publications”. There is still a big gap in the availability of (older) works online. The main problem is that scanning large amounts of documents is expensive. This is the reason why we find poor scans online and institutions start asking insane prices for just a few pages. Luckily, for the private/amateur researchers, there are several good projects nowadays (such as BHL, GDZ and for Dutch journals In this series I’ll publish some of the scaphopod publications from own scans. Making these works available is done with both the permission of the author(s) and the publisher.  Please contact me if there is any problem or if you want to contribute in this project.

Pavia Plate II
Plate 2, showing Antalis interrupta (Gmelin) [fig. 1-4, 6] and Antalis bouei (Deshayes) [fig. 5]
Pavia G, 1991. I molluschi del Messiniano di Borelli (Torino). 2. Scaphopoda. – Bollettino Museo Regionale di Scienze Naturalli Torino, 9(1): 105-172, 9 plates. (click for pdf)

This work by Giulio Pavia, although already backdating to 1991, still is the best work with regards to the Italian Miocene. This work lists three new species and (maybe more importantly) synonymized several taxa. The nomenclatural actions render it important enough to make this work available online (you can find the link to the pdf above).

IMPORTANT: Giulio told me (in litt.) that there is a significant change in the stratigraphy of the Borelli site. Based on studies on planktonic foraminifera the site is now referred to the middle-upper part the Tortonian, which was confirmed by nanoplanktonic and holoplanktonic mollusc studies by Arie Janssen in 2010.


Thanks to Giulio Pavia, who allowed to distribute the pdf in this website.