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SPECIES Solenodon arredondoi

Author:Morgan and Ottenwalder, 1993.
Citation:Annls Carnegie Mus., 62: 154.
Common Name:Giant Solenodon
Type Locality:Cuba, La Habana Province, San Antonio de los Banos, 3 km SW Ceiba del Agua, Cueva Paredones.
Distribution:Known from three Quaternary sites in W Cuba (Morgan and Ottenwalder, 1993).
Comments:The age of the fossils of the giant solenodon is unclear, but faunal associations indicate a Quaternary age. The species occurred contemporarily wih Solenodon cubanus and Nesophontes micrus. Morgan and Ottenwalder (1993:161) suggested that, "habitat destruction and predation by dogs, which were introduced into Cuba by pre-Columbian peoples, are more likely explanations for the extinction of the giant Cuban Solenodon."



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