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1 September 2014 Latest Evidence of Palaeoamasia (Mammalia, Embrithopoda) in Turkish Anatolia
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Geological investigation of the Boyabat Basin in north-central Anatolia, Turkey, yielded palaeoamasid (Embrithopoda, Mammalia) gnathodental fossil specimens from two localities dated to the Eocene—Oligocene transition. These specimens include an upper incisor (BOY-1) and maxillary fragment preserving M2–M3 (BOY-2), and are geologically the youngest embrithopods known from Eurasia. The maxillary specimen is taxonomically more useful and, among embrithopods preserving the same molars, is most similar to the late Paleocene—middle Eocene Turkish palaeoamasid Palaeoamasia kansui. However, the new specimens are cautiously classified as Palaeoamasia. sp. nov., based on distinctions between BOY-2 and P. kansui in M3 morphology. Features distinguishing the M3 in BOY-2 are intermediate between those of P. kansui and the more derived Afro-Arabian arsinoitheriid embrithopods Arsinoitherium spp. and Namatherium blackerowense, although the new Turkish specimens are stratigraphically too young to be ancestral to these middle Eocene—late Oligocene arsinoitheriids. Salient differences in dental and gnathic morphology between contemporaneous Eurasian and Afro-Arabian embrithopods indicate long, separate phylogenetic trajectories for these taxa, supporting the view that they are divisible at the family level into Palaeoamasidae and Arsinoitheriidae, respectively. Improved documentation of the lengthy paleogeographic separation of palaeoamasids and arsinoitheriids confirms that Afro-Arabia was sufficiently isolated from Eurasia during the Paleogene to limit embrithopods to rare sweepstakes dispersal between these landmasses.

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William J. Sanders, Wojciech Nemec, Mauro Aldinucci, Nils E. Janbu, and Massimiliano Ghinassi "Latest Evidence of Palaeoamasia (Mammalia, Embrithopoda) in Turkish Anatolia," Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 34(5), 1155-1164, (1 September 2014).
Received: 23 August 2013; Accepted: 1 September 2013; Published: 1 September 2014

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