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A new fossil species of Euleptes from the early Miocene of Montaigu, France (Reptilia, Gekkonidae)

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A new fossil leaf-toed gecko, Euleptes gallica sp. nov., is described from the early Miocene locality Montaigu, France. The species is the third record of leaf-toed geckos in the early Miocene of Europe. A palaeobiogeographical interpretation suggests that the modern form is a relic endemite of the western Mediterranean region which survived the extinction of its congeneric relatives by being isolated on the Corso-Sardinian microplate, which left its former position at the beginning of the Miocene.


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