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The Late Miocene Mammal Faunas of Samos

Ed.: George D. Koufos; Doris Nagel

2009. 438 pages, 4 plates, numerous figures, 21x30cm, 1600 g
Language: English

(Beiträge zur Paläontologie, Band 31)

ArtNo. ES179003100, paperback

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The island of Samos (Aegean Sea, Greece) houses a rich fauna of late Miocene fossiliferous mammals, which was discovered at the end of the 19th century. Since that time, a large amount of fossil material, now housed at various museums and institutions, was collected by numerous researchers.
In 1993 a new concerted study of the Samos mammals was undertaken by a team of researchers of the University of Thessaloniki.

The papers contained in this volume present an overview of both the fossil inventory collected before 1993 and the new finds made since that time. An introductory paper attempts to place the Samos fossiliferous sites in their proper lithostratigraphic context. Subsequently papers focus on the palynological features and the microfloristic assemblages they represent, which span a age interval from the middle Miocene to Pliocene. Different mammal groups are covered in detail in the following 13 contributions. These mammal groups include micromammals, carnivores, tubulidentata, Hyracoidea, proboscids, rhinoceratids (rhinos), chalicotheriids, equids (horses), suidae (pigs), giraffids and bovids. A chapter discusses carnivore guild structure, and its paleoecological importance. Another chapter is devoted to clarifying the biochronological position of the newly collected samples by comparing the new finds with previously collected specimens, aided by newly acquired magnetostratigraphic data.

A synthetic review evaluates the available data in order to assess the paleoecology and paleobiography of the mammal assemblages of these faunas.

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Koufos, G.D.: The Late Miocene Mammal Faunas of the Mytilinii Basin,
Samos Island, Greece: New Collection. 1. History of the Samos Fossil
Mammals 1–12
Kostopoulos, D.S., Koufos, G.D., Sylvestrou, I.A., Syrides, G.E. &
Tsompachdiou, E.: The Late Miocene Mammal Faunas of the Mytilinii
Basin, Samos Island, Greece: New Collection. 2. Lithostratigraphy and
Fossiliferous Sites 13–26
Ioakim, Chr. & Koufos, G.D.: The Late Miocene Mammal Faunas of the
Mytilinii Basin, Samos Island, Greece: New Collection. 3. Palynology
27–35
Vassileiadou, K. & Sylvestrou, I.A.: The Late Miocene Mammal Faunas of
the Mytilinii Basin, Samos Island, Greece: New
Collection. 4. Micromammals 37–55
Koufos, G.D.: The Late Miocene Mammal Faunas of the Mytilinii Basin,
Samos Island, Greece: New Collection. 5. Carnivora 57–105
Koufos, G.D.: The Late Miocene Mammal Faunas of the Mytilinii Basin,
Samos Island, Greece: New Collection. 6. Tubulidentata 107–125
Koufos, G.D.: The Late Miocene Mammal Faunas of the Mytilinii Basin,
Samos Island, Greece: New Collection. 7. Hyracoidea 127–137
Konidaris, G.E. & Koufos, G.D.: The Late Miocene Mammal Faunas of the
Mytilinii Basin, Samos Island, Greece: New Collection. 8. Proboscidea
139–155
Giaourtsakis, I.: The Late Miocene Mammal Faunas of the Mytilinii
Basin, Samos Island, Greece: New Collection. 9. Rhinocerotidae
157–187
Giaourtsakis, I. & Koufos, G.D.: The Late Miocene Mammal Faunas of the
Mytilinii Basin, Samos Island, Greece: New
Collection. 10. Chalicotheriidae 189–205
Vlachou, T.Vlachou, T.D. & Koufos, G.D.: The Late Miocene Mammal
Faunas of the Mytilinii Basin, Samos Island, Greece: New
Collection. 11. Equidae 207–281
Sylvestrou, I.A. & Kostopoulos, D.S.: The Late Miocene Mammal Faunas
of the Mytilinii Basin, Samos Island, Greece: New
Collection. 12. Suidae 283–297
Kostopoulos, D.S.: The Late Miocene Mammal Faunas of the Mytilinii
Basin, Samos Island, Greece: New Collection. 13. Giraffidae 299–343
Kostopoulos, D.S.: The Late Miocene Mammal Faunas of the Mytilinii
Basin, Samos Island, Greece: New Collection. 14. Bovidae 345–389
Nagel, D. & Koufos, G.D.: The Late Miocene Mammal Faunas of the
Mytilinii Basin, Samos Island, Greece: New Collection. 15. Carnivore
Guild Structure 391–396
Koufos, G.D., Kostopoulos, D.S. & Vlachou, T.D.: The Late Miocene
Mammal Faunas of the Mytilinii Basin, Samos Island, Greece: New
Collection. 16. Chronology 397–408
Koufos, G.D., Kostopoulos, D.S. & Merceron, G.: The Late Miocene
Mammal Faunas of the Mytilinii Basin, Samos Island, Greece: New
Collection. 17. Palaeoecology-Palaeobiogeography 409–428