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Research article
12 Dec 2016
Research article |  | 12 Dec 2016

Hermann Karsten (1817–1908): a German naturalist in the Neotropics and the significance of his paleovertebrate collection

Jorge Domingo Carrillo-Briceño, Eli Amson, Alfredo Zurita, and Marcelo Ricardo Sánchez-Villagra

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In this contribution we carried out a taxonomic revision of all Hermann Karsten’s vertebrate specimens from Colombia and Venezuela, which were collected during the mid-19th century; these fossils were never illustrated or subjected to detailed taxonomic study. The assemblage includes 60 cranial and postcranial remains attributed to “ground sloths”, “large glyptodonts (close relatives of armadillos)”, “South American native ungulates”, proboscideans and other indeterminate mammalian remains.