Archive for the ‘Paleontology’ category

Homo erectus skull dating with cosmogenic nuclides in Denizli

January 21, 2014

Newly  obtained cosmogenic ages challenge our current knowledge of the Anatolian Homo erectus dispersal. A new discovery within a travertine quarry from Denizli was made by Cihat Alçiçek from Pamukkale University and his colloquies, Lebatard et al. (published in EPSL vol. 390). The burial ages determined on pebbles from conglomeratic levels framing travertine unit that bears the fossil. “The actual age of the fossils is likely to be in the 1.1–1.3 Ma range”, they report. This date is in close agreement with the paleoanthropological conclusions based on morphometric comparisons. The Turkish Homo erectus belongs to the Chinese and African fossil groups, and is different from Middle and Upper Pleistocene specimens. It attests to the antiquity of human occupation of the Anatolian Peninsula. please refer to for more information.

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Fossil elephants in Turkey

January 27, 2012

Albayrak and Lister have been published a study in Quaternary International about the first detailed study of elephant remains from five localities. The radiocarbon dates indicate the ages to 3500 BP, the range of Asian elephant extended as far west as south-east Turkey. This interesting study can be found at


Precipitation during the Miocene in Turkey

June 8, 2010

Akkiraz et al., from Kutahya Dumlupinar University, have analyzed palynofloras covering the time span from the Early Miocene (~20 million years ago) to the Late Miocene (~7 million years ago) in the western and central Turkey. Their results were published in the latest issue of the Journal of Paleogeography, Paleoclimatoogy, Paleoecology. The presented tables, and maps showing the temporal palaeoprecipitation values can be found in doi:10.1016/j.palaeo.2010.05.002