Micromammals from the late early Miocene of capak (western Anatolia) herald a time of change

Bilgin M., Joniak P., MAYDA S. , Goktas F., Pelaez-Campomanes P., Ostende L. W. v. d. H.

JOURNAL OF PALEONTOLOGY, vol.95, no.5, pp.1079-1096, 2021 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 95 Issue: 5
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.1017/jpa.2021.27
  • Title of Journal : JOURNAL OF PALEONTOLOGY
  • Page Numbers: pp.1079-1096


The new fossil micromammal assemblage of capak represents a mixture of both Anatolian and European faunal elements. The locality is very important for understanding faunal evolution in the less well-known time interval at the end of the early Miocene of western Anatolia. In capak, nine species of rodents and one species of ochotonid were encountered: the hamsters Democricetodon gracilis, Megacricetodon primitivus, Eumyarion aff. E. montanus, Cricetodon cf. C. aliveriensis, Cricetodon sp., and Karydomys cf. K. strati, the mole-rat Debruijnia sp., the squirrel Aliveria luteyni, the dormouse Myomimus tanjuae n. sp., and the pika Albertona balkanica. The assemblage is referable to Anatolian local zone E or MN unit 4. The relative abundance of the various genera is markedly different from that of the older early Miocene assemblages, suggesting that the environment in Anatolia became drier and had a more open landscape. UUID: http://zoobank.org/75f3276c-dcd8-4090-b2f6-d8fc8d3c3f7c