First record of fossil anguines (Squamata; Anguidae) from the Oligocene and Miocene of Turkey


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CERNANSKY A., VASILYAN D., GEORGALIS G. L. , JONIAK P., MAYDA S. , KLEMBARA J.

SWISS JOURNAL OF GEOSCIENCES, vol.110, no.3, pp.741-751, 2017 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 110 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s00015-017-0272-5
  • Title of Journal : SWISS JOURNAL OF GEOSCIENCES
  • Page Numbers: pp.741-751
  • Keywords: Anguimorpha, Cenozoic, Dispersion, Asia, EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN AREA, MIDDLE MIOCENE, CENTRAL ANATOLIA, RODENT FAUNAS, BIOCHRONOLOGY, ANGUIMORPHA, AMPHIBIANS, CHRONOLOGY, REPTILES, LOCALITY

Abstract

Fossil anguine lizard specimens from several Turkish localities are described in this paper. The material comes from ten different localities, spanning a large geographic area consisting of both parts of the European Turkey and Anatolia, and ranging in age from the Oligocene to the Late Miocene. In certain cases, the generic determination was possible and, accordingly, members of Ophisaurus and Anguis were identified and described in detail. The specimens of Anguis, found in different, Middle and Late Miocene localities from Anatolia, represent two of only a few fossil occurrences of this taxon. Moreover, the material reported herein represents the oldest occurrences of anguine lizards, not only from Turkey, but from southeastern Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean basin as a whole. These rare records provide important information about the dispersal routes of anguines from Europe to Asia and significantly enhance our understanding of their biogeography.