Serefkoy-2, a new Late Miocene mammal locality from the Yatagan Formation, Mugla, SW Turkey

KAYA T. T. , MAYDA S. , Kostopoulos D. S. , Alcicek M. C. , MERCERON G., TAN A., ...More

COMPTES RENDUS PALEVOL, vol.11, no.1, pp.5-12, 2012 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 11 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.crpv.2011.09.001
  • Title of Journal : COMPTES RENDUS PALEVOL
  • Page Numbers: pp.5-12


Here we report on a new fossil locality, Serefkoy-2, from the Yatagan Basin of southwestern Turkey that preserves a well-sampled, abundant, and diverse mammal fauna. Indeed, after three field seasons, more than 1200 catalogued specimens representing 26 mammal species belonging to 14 genera make the Serefkoy-2 mammalian assemblage one of the richest Late Miocene fauna from Anatolia. Five hipparionines, six bovids, including the rare and enigmatic Urmiatherium rugosifrons and the presence of Pliohyrax graecus, strongly support affinities with Late Miocene faunas from Samos Island, Greece. Through a consideration of the identified material and the subsequent comparison with material from well-known Balkan and Anatolian faunas, a Middle Turolian (MN12) age for Serefkoy-2 is indicated. (C) 2011 Academie des sciences. Published by Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.