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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 Faunal Succession and Biochronology of Central Nei Mongol (Inner Mongolia)

Neogene Faunal Succession and Biochronology of Central Nei Mongol (Inner Mongolia)

(p.155) Chapter 5 Neogene Faunal Succession and Biochronology of Central Nei Mongol (Inner Mongolia)
Fossil Mammals of Asia

Zhu-Ding Qiu

Xiao Ming Wang

Qiang Li

Columbia University Press

This chapter investigates the Neogene faunal succession and biochronology of central Nei Mongol in Inner Mongolia. Neogene land mammals in the Nei Mongol Autonomous Region (or Chinese Inner Mongolia) are among the earliest in Asia described by pioneering explorers in the beginning of the twentieth century. Not surprisingly, vertebrate paleontology in Nei Mongol played some of the key roles in the establishment of a continental biochronological record in Asia. In addition to reviewing the main framework of Neogene mammal faunal succession in central Nei Mongol based on current studies, this chapter updates the biochronologic definition and characterization of faunas in the region through the analysis of assemblages. It also integrates the faunal evidence with isotopic ages and magnetostratigraphy.

Keywords:   faunal succession, biochronology, Nei Mongol, Inner Mongolia, Neogene, land mammals, fauna, assemblages, isotopic ages, magnetostratigraphy

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