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Abbassi, N., Shobeiri Zanjani, L.
TRACE FOSSILS OF BATS, CHIROPTERICHNUS ICHNOGEN. NOV., AND FELID FOOTPRINTS FROM THE KATALE KHOR CAVE, ZANJAN PROVINCE, NW IRAN
Numerous mammal footprints and scratch marks have been found in the fine-grained cave sediments of Katale Khor cave, Zanjan Province, Northwest Iran. Small paired pentadactyl pes imprints are preserved in the fine coated sediments of the cave ceiling. These footprints are named Chiropterichnus garmabensis igen. nov., isp. nov. Alongside the paired pes prints, numerous sets of claw scratches were found, typically with four to five scratches in a straight line or joining in U- or Y-shape. These scratch marks are introduced here as Chiropterichnus scabens isp. nov. Both Ch. garmabensis and Ch. scabens are attributable to bat activities. Carnivore footprints in floor sediments of the cave belong to Felidae and are determined as Felipeda isp.