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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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Pliocene Land Mammals of Japan

Pliocene Land Mammals of Japan

(p.334) Chapter 13 Pliocene Land Mammals of Japan
Fossil Mammals of Asia

Ryohei Nakagawa

Yoshinari Kawamura

Hiroyuki Taruno

Columbia University Press

This chapter examines the taxonomy and biostratigraphy of Pliocene land mammals in Japan, along with their faunal and evolutionary implications. Pliocene land mammal fossils from Japan are rather poor in number and taxonomic diversity in comparison with those from China, but most of them occur in marine and fluvio-lacustrine sediments that are well studied stratigraphically and well dated by marine microfossils, magnetostratigraphy, and fission-track and tephrochronological methods. The chapter begins with an overview of fossil localities and chronology of Japan before turning to a discussion of the taxonomy of land mammal fossils from forty-one localities representing six orders: Primates, Lagomorpha, Carnivora, Proboscidea, Perissodactyla, and Artiodactyla.

Keywords:   taxonomy, biostratigraphy, Pliocene, land mammals, Japan, fauna, evolution, fossils, chronology, primates

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