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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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Recent Advances in Paleobiological Research of the Late Miocene Maragheh Fauna, Northwest Iran

Recent Advances in Paleobiological Research of the Late Miocene Maragheh Fauna, Northwest Iran

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(p.546) Chapter 25 Recent Advances in Paleobiological Research of the Late Miocene Maragheh Fauna, Northwest Iran
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Fossil Mammals of Asia
Author(s):

Majid Mirzaie Ataabadi

Raymond L. Bernor

Dimitris S. Kostopoulos

Dominik Wolf

Zahra Orak

Gholamreza Zare

Hideo Nakaya

Mahito Watabe

Mikael Fortelius

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Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231150125.003.0025

This chapter summarizes recent advances in paleobiological research of the Late Miocene Maragheh fauna in northwest Iran. The Maragheh fauna has long been considered one of the three most preeminent western Eurasian Late Miocene Pikermian faunas, along with those of Samos and Pikermi in Greece. Between 2007 and 2009, Iran's National Museum of Natural History collaborated with the University of Helsinki launched an initiative, known as the International Sahand Paleobiology Expedition (INSPE), resulting in the discovery of several new localities and numerous fossils of land mammals in the area. The program has further reinitiated studies of the mammalian fauna with the intention of bringing them into a contemporary taxonomic context for comparative paleoecological and paleobiogeographic studies. This chapter describes the geology and stratigraphy of the Maragheh Basin and the sedimentary horizons of the Maragheh Group as they are expressed in the Maragheh Basin, along with the area's paleontology, chronology, paleobiogeography, and paleoecology.

Keywords:   fauna, Late Miocene, Iran, fossils, land mammals, Maragheh Basin, paleontology, chronology, paleobiogeography, paleoecology

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