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Article: Rodents and insectivores from the upper Miocene of Molayan, Afghanistan

Publication: Palaeontology
Volume: 44
Part: 5
Publication Date: September 2001
Page(s): 913 932
Author(s): Sevket Sen
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SEN, S. 2001. Rodents and insectivores from the upper Miocene of Molayan, Afghanistan. Palaeontology44, 5, 913–932.

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Although Molayan is the richest fossil mammal locality in Afghanistan, only a few species have been studied. This paper describes three rodents (Hystrix aryanensis sp. nov., Parapeolomys sp. and Pseudomeriones latidens sp. nov.) and one insectivore (Erinaceus sp.). Lithostratigraphical correlations and biostratigraphical studies in the Khurdkabul Basin provide evidence that the Molayan locality is younger than three other localities in this basin: Sherullah, Taghar and Ghazgay. In addition, the taxa described here, along with several species of large mammals from Molayan, permit correlations with the Siwalik succession in Pakistan to the east, and with European Neogene mammal ages to the west. The age of the Molayan fauna is concluded to be mid Turolian. Observations on the mammal faunas from the Khurdkabul Basin suggest that the altitude of the area, at present over 2000 m, was much lower during the late Miocene. Uplift of the basin probably occurred no earlier than the ?late Pliocene.
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