Sinotragus (Bovidae, mammalia) from Turkey and the Late Miocene Middle Asiatic Province


GERAADS D., GULEC E., Kaya T. T.

NEUES JAHRBUCH FUR GEOLOGIE UND PALAONTOLOGIE-MONATSHEFTE, no.8, pp.477-489, 2002 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Publication Date: 2002
  • Title of Journal : NEUES JAHRBUCH FUR GEOLOGIE UND PALAONTOLOGIE-MONATSHEFTE
  • Page Numbers: pp.477-489

Abstract

The Late Miocene Yatagan Formation near Mugla (Turkey) has yielded several specimens of the Bovid Sinotragus, a genus previously known only from Shanxi, China. Among Ungulates, the Rhino Chilotherium, the Giraffid Samotherium and the ovibovines of the Plesiaddax-Urmiatherium group had a similar geographic range. They are undoubtedly open country forms, which attest the extension of such an environment across the whole of Asia around 35degrees N in Late Miocene times. The discovery of Sinotragus in Turkey thus confirms an idea already put forward 50 years ago by B. KURTEN.