Geology and Paleontology of the Miocene Sinap Formation, Turkey

Edited by Mikael Fortelius, John Kappelman, Sevket Sen, and Raymond L. Bernor

Columbia University Press

Geology and Paleontology of the Miocene Sinap Formation, Turkey

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Pub Date: September 2003

ISBN: 9780231113588

448 Pages

Format: Hardcover

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Geology and Paleontology of the Miocene Sinap Formation, Turkey

Edited by Mikael Fortelius, John Kappelman, Sevket Sen, and Raymond L. Bernor

Columbia University Press

The Sinap Formation in central Turkey near the city of Ankara preserves a rich record of mammalian evolution from about 15 to 5 million years ago and is one of the few sites in this region that also has fossil apes. It is unique among other fossil localities from Europe to Western Asia in that it has a thick stratigraphic section and preserves a long record of geological time. The authors have been able to piece together a detailed record of faunal change and, by adding paleomagnetic and radiometric dating techniques, have produced a chronostratigraphy for the Formation. Because of the dual importance of the rich record of the fossils, and the dating of the sediments, the editors have been able to attract some of the leading authorities on Eurasian Neogene paleontology and geology to contribute to this reference work. The results from the Sinap Formation will be the template against which other sites from Europe to Asia are compared.
Recommended. E. Delson, Choice
Important and significant. Andrew Hill, Journal of Mammalian Evolution
History of Paleontological Research into the Neogene Deposits of the Sinap Formation, by S. Sen
Geology of the Sinap Formation, by J.P. Lunkka, J. Kappelman, D. Ekart, J. Crabaugh and P. Gibbard
Chronology of the Sinap Formation, by J. Kappelman, A. Duncan, M. Feseha, J-P. Lunkka, D. Ekart, F. McDowell, T. Ryan
Genus Schizogalerix (Insectivora, Mammalia), by L. Selän
Fossil Apes, by J. Kappelman, B. Richmond, E. R. Seiffert, M. Maga and T. Ryan
Muridae and Gerbillidae (Mammalia, Rodentia), by S. Sen
Spalacidae (Mammalia, Rodentia), by N. Sarica and S. Sen
Late Miocene and Pliocene Lagomorpha (Mammalia), by S. Sen
Carnivora, by S. Viranta and L. Werdelin
Fossil Aardvarks, by M. Fortelius, S. Nummela and S. Sen
Proboscideans, by W.J. Sanders
Systematics and Evolution of the Late Miocene Hipparions, by R.L. Bernor, R.S. Scott, M. Fortelius, J. Kappelman and S. Sen
Rhinocerotidae, by M. Fortelius, K. Heissig, G. Saraç and S. Sen
Fossil Suoidea, by J. van der Made
A Camel from the latest Miocene of Cobanpinar, by J. van der Made, J. Morales, S. Sen and F. Aslan
Ruminant Fossils, by A.W. Gentry
Relative Abundance of the Late Miocene Hipparions, by R.S. Scott, M. Fortelius, K. Huttunen and M. Armour-Chelu

About the Author

Mikael Fortelius is a geology professor at the University of Helsinki. John Kappelman is professor of anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin. Sevket Sen is professor of paleontology and director of the Paleontology Institute at the Natural History Museum of Paris. Raymond L. Bernor is professor of anatomy at Howard University College of Medicine.