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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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Continental-Scale Patterns in Neogene Mammal Community Evolution and Biogeography

Continental-Scale Patterns in Neogene Mammal Community Evolution and Biogeography

A Europe-Asia Perspective

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(p.629) Chapter 29 Continental-Scale Patterns in Neogene Mammal Community Evolution and Biogeography
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Fossil Mammals of Asia
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Majid Mirzaie Ataabadi

Li-Ping Liu

Jussi T. Eronen

Raymond L. Bernor

Mikael Fortelius

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Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231150125.003.0029

This chapter analyzes continental-scale patterns in the evolution and biogeography of Neogene land mammals from a Europe–Asia perspective. More specifically, it examines the spatial and temporal distribution of two attributes that reflect the regional development of faunas and environments: faunal resemblance and humidity estimated from mean hypsodonty. It also asks whether evidence still exists within this biochronologically driven stratigraphic framework for diachronous development of faunas and environments in different regions. This is a conservative approach since both faunal resemblance and hypsodonty depend on evolution over time, as does biochronology. If diachrony is nonetheless detected, the evidence for it must be regarded as strong. This two-pronged approach is used to investigate the development of the Middle and Late Miocene mammal assemblages of East Asia, referred to as the Tunggurian and Baodean chronofaunas. The results show that taxon ranges are generally highly diachronous across Eurasia.

Keywords:   land mammals, evolution, biogeography, Neogene, fauna, hypsodonty, Miocene, East Asia, chronofauna, Eurasia

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