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Geodiversitas 38 (2)

Published on
24 June 2016


Late Miocene mammal locality of Küçükçekmece, European Turkey

Edited by SEN Sevket

In the western suburbs of Istanbul, the site of Küçükçekmece is known since one century as yielding a late Miocene vertebrate fauna. In 1933, Malik and Nafiz provided the first detailed study. Later, new discoveries came to enlarge the collections housed at two universities of Istanbul and at the Paris Museum. The present volume provides a detailed systematic study of all mammalian fossils housed in these collections, completed by a chapter on the geology and stratigraphy, and another on the historical background of paleontological investigations in the Istanbul region. The Küçükçekmece fauna is remarkable by the high diversity of mammals, dominated by eleven species of ruminants (tragulids, cervids, giraffids, bovids) and nine carnivores, in addition to several rhinos, equids, chalicotheres, proboscideans, suids, aardvarks, insectivores, lagomorphs and rodents. This site is also remarkable in yielding both terrestrial and marine mammals, indication a near shore depositional environment. Thanks to the present study, Küçükçekmece is therefore a new hotspot of mammalian biodiversity at some nine millions years ago on the crossroads between the three main landmasses of the Old World.

Artist reconstruction of the environment in the Küçükçekmece region with some key elements of its mammalian fauna by François Chevrier (Orléans)

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en Introduction

Sevket SEN

147-151, Published on 24 June 2016, art. 38 (6) DOI LSID
This article is a part of the thematic issue Late Miocene mammal locality of Küçükçekmece, European Turkey edited by Sevket SEN

en Historical background

Sevket SEN

153-173, Published on 24 June 2016, art. 38 (7) DOI LSID
This article is a part of the thematic issue Late Miocene mammal locality of Küçükçekmece, European Turkey edited by Sevket SEN

en Geology and stratigraphy of Istanbul region

Nalan LOM et al.

175-195, Published on 24 June 2016, art. 38 (8) DOI LSID
This article is a part of the thematic issue Late Miocene mammal locality of Küçükçekmece, European Turkey edited by Sevket SEN

en Carnivora

Stéphane PEIGNÉ

197-224, Published on 24 June 2016, art. 38 (9) DOI LSID
This article is a part of the thematic issue Late Miocene mammal locality of Küçükçekmece, European Turkey edited by Sevket SEN

en Equidae

George D. KOUFOS & Sevket SEN

225-243, Published on 24 June 2016, art. 38 (10) DOI LSID
This article is a part of the thematic issue Late Miocene mammal locality of Küçükçekmece, European Turkey edited by Sevket SEN

en Rhinocerotidae and Chalicotheriidae (Perissodactyla, Tapiromorpha)

Pierre-Olivier ANTOINE & Sevket SEN

245-259, Published on 24 June 2016, art. 38 (11) DOI LSID
This article is a part of the thematic issue Late Miocene mammal locality of Küçükçekmece, European Turkey edited by Sevket SEN

en Proboscidea

Pascal TASSY

261-271, Published on 24 June 2016, art. 38 (12) DOI LSID
This article is a part of the thematic issue Late Miocene mammal locality of Küçükçekmece, European Turkey edited by Sevket SEN

en Suidae, Tragulidae, Giraffidae, and Bovidae

Dimitris S. KOSTOPOULOS & Sevket SEN

273-298, Published on 24 June 2016, art. 38 (13) DOI LSID
This article is a part of the thematic issue Late Miocene mammal locality of Küçükçekmece, European Turkey edited by Sevket SEN

en Rodents, lagomorphs and insectivores

Sevket SEN

299-314, Published on 24 June 2016, art. 38 (14) DOI LSID
This article is a part of the thematic issue Late Miocene mammal locality of Küçükçekmece, European Turkey edited by Sevket SEN