Contribution of Micromammal Palaeontology to Quaternary Studies in Turkey: Definitions and Applications

Erdal O.

TURKIYE JEOLOJI BULTENI-GEOLOGICAL BULLETIN OF TURKEY, vol.60, no.4, pp.637-664, 2017 (ESCI) identifier


Anatolia plays an important role as a bridge between Africa, Europe and Asia for the evolutionary course of vertebrates. It is potentially rich in fossil bearing deposits which would greatly serve to contribute the understanding of vertebrate evolution. However, paleontological research conducted in Turkey is mainly focused on Paleogene and Miocene deposits. Although it is obvious that any studies of mammalian paleontology dealing with any interval of Cenozoic in Anatolia is worthful because of its potential, one must point out that Quaternary mammalian fauna is still not well known when compared to European equivalent. In this manner, it is not difficult to estimate how micromammalian paleontology is less dealt.