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Suidae (Mammalia, Artiodactyla) from the late Miocene of Akkașdağı, Turkey

Liping LIU, Dimitris S. KOSTOPOULOS & Mikael FORTELIUS

en Geodiversitas 27 (4) - Pages 715-733

Published on 31 December 2005

The suid remains from Akkașdağı, lateMiocene of Central Anatolia (Turkey), represent the widespread, long-ranging, and polymorphic species Microstonyx major (Gervais, 1848). The rich material represents at least 10 individuals, two of which are juveniles, and comprises both postcranial and craniodental material, including one nearly complete skull. The Akkașdağı population is characterised by medium size, strong elongation of the skull, and moderate reduction of premolar size. These characteristics are shared with other populations of late middle Turolian age (MN 12). The elongation of the skull appears elsewhere to be associated with the arid end of the species’ ecological range.

Keywords :

Mammalia, Suidae, Microstonyx, Miocene, Akkașdağı, Central Anatolia, Turkey, palaeoecology

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