MIOCENE AND EARLY PLEISTOCENE RODENTS (MAMMALIA) FROM DENIZLI BASIN (SOUTHWESTERN TURKEY) AND A NEW SPECIES OF FOSSIL MUS


Erten H., ŞEN S., SAGULAR E. K.

JOURNAL OF VERTEBRATE PALEONTOLOGY, cilt.36, 2016 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier

Özet

The terrestrial Neogene Basin of Denizli, located in southwestern Turkey, yields rodent faunas from nine localities dated between MN6 and MNQ18-19. Arabosminthus gansus, which is known in China and Mongolia, is recorded for the first time in Turkey at the Yenicekent localities (MN8-9), an older stratigraphical level than it is usually known from. Another species from the same localities, Microdyromys complicatus, is described for the first time in Anatolia in a younger locality than usual known in Western Europe. Myomimus dehmi, Myocricetodon eskihisarensis, Dryomys tosyaensis, and Dryomys sp. are the other species described in the present study. A new species of fossil Mus (Mammalia, Rodentia), Mus denizliensis, sp. nov. (MNQ18-19), has been found at the Gokpinar locality. This is the oldest fossil species of this genus known from Turkey or continental Europe.