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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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Toward a Continental Asian Biostratigraphic and Geochronologic Framework

(p.1) Introduction
Fossil Mammals of Asia

Xiaoming Wang

Lawrence J. Flynn

Mikael Fortelius

Columbia University Press

This book presents a mammalian biostratigraphic framework that provides a global picture of mammalian evolution in Asia in a refined chronological context. Using cutting-edge biostratigraphic and geochemical dating methods, it traces the emergence of Asian land mammals across the late Cenozoic (Neogene) period. The book is based on the “Neogene terrestrial mammalian biostratigraphy and chronology in Asia—a workshop and symposium toward the establishment of a continent-wide stratigraphic and chronologic framework,” convened at the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology on June 8–10, 2009, in Beijing and a follow-up workshop the following year in Los Angeles. Drawing on evidence from the spatial distribution of mammal fossils, the book describes the geologic conditions that profoundly influenced the evolution of Asian mammals and their migration into Europe, Africa, and North America. By bringing together state-of-the-art Asian biostratigraphy and geochronology with the widest representation possible, it elucidates the histories and movements of extinct and extant mammals from various major groups and all northern continents, while providing geologists with a richer understanding of a variety of Asian terrains.

Keywords:   mammalian evolution, geochemical dating, Asia, land mammals, Cenozoic period, Neogene period, Asian biostratigraphy, fossils, migration, Asian geochronology

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