The palaeoenvironment of the middle Miocene pliopithecid locality in Damiao, Inner Mongolia, China

Show simple item record Sukselainen, Leena Kristiina Kaakinen, Anu Eronen, Jussi Tuomas Passey, Benjamin H. Harrison, Terry Zhaoqun, Zhang Fortelius, Mikael 2020-01-02T08:45:02Z 2020-01-02T08:45:02Z 2017
dc.identifier.citation Sukselainen , L K , Kaakinen , A , Eronen , J T , Passey , B H , Harrison , T , Zhaoqun , Z & Fortelius , M 2017 , ' The palaeoenvironment of the middle Miocene pliopithecid locality in Damiao, Inner Mongolia, China ' , Journal of Human Evolution , vol. 108 , pp. 31-46 .
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dc.description.abstract Damiao, Inner Mongolia, has three main fossil horizons representing the early, middle, and late Miocene. The middle Miocene locality DM01 is the only primate locality from the region and also represents the latest occurrence of pliopithecoids in northern China. The presence of pliopithecoid primates in central Asia after the middle Miocene climatic optimum seems to contradict the general trend of strengthening climatic zonality and increasing aridity. To investigate this enigma, we employ faunal similarity, ecometrics, and stable isotope analysis. Our results support previous inferences concerning the presence of locally humid environments within the increasingly arid surroundings that characterized central Asia. Hypsodonty, estimated mean annual precipitation (MAP), local sedimentology, and large mammal fossils suggest more humid and possibly more forested and wooded environments for the DM01 locality. We compared our results with the adjacent fossil-rich middle Miocene Tunggur localities. However, the small mammal fauna and isotope data are consistent with a mosaic of forest and grassland environment for all Damiao localities. Based on our results, Tunggur may have been too seasonal or not sufficiently humid for pliopithecids. This is supported by the higher mean hypsodonty and lower estimated MAP estimates, as well as slightly higher d13C values. We suggest that DM01, the driest known Asian pliopithecid locality, may have been a more humid refugium within a generally drier regional context. en
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dc.language.iso eng
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dc.subject 119 Other natural sciences
dc.subject Stabe isotopes
dc.subject Ecometrics
dc.subject Hypsodonty
dc.subject Precipitation
dc.subject Faunal similarity
dc.subject Nei Monggol
dc.title The palaeoenvironment of the middle Miocene pliopithecid locality in Damiao, Inner Mongolia, China en
dc.type Article
dc.contributor.organization Department of Geosciences and Geography
dc.contributor.organization Evolutionary Palaeontology group
dc.contributor.organization Institute of Biotechnology
dc.contributor.organization Long Ter­restrial Archives
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