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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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Late Cenozoic Biostratigraphy of the Linxia Basin, Northwestern China

Late Cenozoic Biostratigraphy of the Linxia Basin, Northwestern China

Chapter:
(p.243) Chapter 9 Late Cenozoic Biostratigraphy of the Linxia Basin, Northwestern China
Source:
Fossil Mammals of Asia
Author(s):

Tao Deng

Zhan-Xiang Qiu

Ban-Yue Wang

Xiaoming Wang

Su-Kuan Hou

Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231150125.003.0009

This chapter describes the Late Cenozoic biostratigraphy of the Linxia Basin in northwestern China. The Linxia Basin harbors a variety of Late Cenozoic fossils of different plants and animals as well as land mammals. Reptiles are represented mainly by a great number of specimens of Testudo from the late Miocene red clay deposits, which is an important member of the Hipparion fauna. After sketching the geological setting, magnetostratigraphy, and biochronology of the Linxia Basin, the chapter analyzes the abundant mammalian fossils from the Linxia Basin, with particular emphasis on their exact localities and horizons. By doing so, it is able to update the faunal lists from specific localities, establish lithological and biostratigraphic criteria for correlation, and conduct paleomagnetic studies of key sections of the area.

Keywords:   biostratigraphy, Late Cenozoic, Linxia Basin, China, fossils, land mammals, reptiles, fauna, magnetostratigraphy, biochronology

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