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, vol.36, no.1, 2016 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

Abstract

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.