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Fossil Mammals of AsiaNeogene Biostratigraphy and Chronology$
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Mikael Fortelius, Xiaoming Wang, and Lawrence Flynn

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780231150125

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231150125.001.0001

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Miocene Land Mammals and Stratigraphy of Japan

Miocene Land Mammals and Stratigraphy of Japan

Chapter:
(p.314) Chapter 12 Miocene Land Mammals and Stratigraphy of Japan
Source:
Fossil Mammals of Asia
Author(s):

Yukimitsu Tomida

Hideo Nakaya

Haruo Saegusa

Kazunori Miyata

Akira Fukuchi

Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231150125.003.0012

This chapter characterizes the Miocene land mammals and stratigraphy of Japan. It compiles all the Miocene terrestrial mammals in Japan biostratigraphically and biochronologically with correlations to European and Chinese land mammal zonations. It first describes terrestrial mammals from and geologic age of Mizunami Group, Gifu Prefecture, including rhinocerotids, tapirids, and equids from the Kani Basin; tapirids from the Mizunami Basin; Gomphotherium and cervoids from the Mizunami Group; and small mammals from the Kani and Mizunami Basins. It also looks at small mammals from the Nojima Group, Nagasaki Prefecture and proboscideans from the Sendai Area, Miyagi Prefecture. Correlations with marine microfossil biostratigraphy (planktonic foraminifera, radiolarians, calcareous nannoplankton, diatoms, etc.), several fission-track and K-Ar dates as well as paleomagnetic studies support fairly precise correlations with absolute age, and hence European and Chinese mammal ages. Among those poor records, the fauna of the Mizunami Group is fairly diversified.

Keywords:   fauna, Miocene, land mammals, Japan, rhinocerotids, tapirids, equids, cervoids, proboscideans, biostratigraphy

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