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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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Neogene Land Mammal Stages/Ages of China

Neogene Land Mammal Stages/Ages of China

Toward the Goal to Establish an Asian Land Mammal Stage/Age Scheme

(p.29) Chapter 1 Neogene Land Mammal Stages/Ages of China
Fossil Mammals of Asia

Zhan-Xiang Qiu

Zhu-Ding Qiu

Tao Deng

Chuan-Kui Li

Zhao-Qun Zhang

Ban-Yue Wang

Xiaoming Wang

Columbia University Press

This chapter analyzes the existing stages/ages in the Chinese Neogene in relation to the current widely adopted approaches in terrestrial stratigraphy (Neogene Mammal unit [MN] and North American Land Mammal Age [NALMA]) and from the point of view of the International Stratigraphic Guides. More specifically, it discusses the principles, methods, and working procedures used for the establishment of Chinese stages/ages in the past. It also examines some issues in Neogene land mammal stratigraphy, with particular emphasis on the use of terrestrial mammal fossils vs. marine microfossils as tools of stratigraphic subdivision, and the zoogeographic division of Chinese Neogene land mammals. The chapter proposes a new Neogene chronostratigraphic framework that it deems to be more consistent with the reality of the state of research and conditions in China, to be used as a foundation for the establishment of a formal Chinese Regional Land Mammal Stage/Age system.

Keywords:   terrestrial stratigraphy, Neogene Mammal unit, North American Land Mammal Age, Neogene, fossils, microfossils, land mammals, China

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