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Megantereon (Carnivora, Felidae) in the late Early Pleistocene in China and its implications for paleobiogeography
Li, Yu1,2; Sun, Boyang3,4
2022-02-10
Source PublicationQUATERNARY INTERNATIONAL
ISSN1040-6182
Volume610Pages:97-107
Abstract

Specimens of the genus Megantereon from younger strata (late Early Pleistocene to Middle Pleistocene) in China are reviewed in the presented work. The specimens found in Linyi, Shanxi Province, which were previously identified as Megantereon nihowanensis, have been reexamined and their identity has been revised to be Megantereon inexpectatus. With respect to the new specimens of M. inexpectatus found in the Jinyuan Cave, Dalian, Liaoning Province, the identification of the mandible specimen from the Gongwangling Homo site, which was named as a new species, Megantereon lantianensis, has been revised to M. inexpectatus. Known records of M. inexpectatus have been reported in Linyi, Shanxi, and Lantian, Shaanxi Province, in older deposits from the late Early Pleistocene, and younger deposits from the Middle Pleistocene in Zhoukoudian, Beijing. In morphological comparisons and phylogenetic discussions, the best candidate origin of M. inexpectatus is Africa, where a relatively advanced lineage gave rise to M. inexpectatus and its relative Megantereon whitei. A significant dispersal event of M. inexpectatus occurred during the late Early Pleistocene, represented by the immigration of M. whitei from Africa to Europe and the occurrence of M. inexpectatus in Asia. There is no evidence indicating that this biotic event was initiated by environmental change, with survival pressure from hominins likely to have been the main factor that forced Megantereon to migrate into Eurasia.

KeywordMachairodonts Pleistocene Biostratigraphy Paleobiogeography
DOI10.1016/j.quaint.2021.09.008
Indexed BySCI
Language英语
WOS KeywordMYGDONIA BASIN ; WHITEI BROOM ; MAMMALIA ; MACHAIRODONTINAE ; SITE ; TRANSITION ; MACEDONIA ; EVOLUTION ; FOSSILS ; NIHEWAN
Funding ProjectNational Natural Science Foundation of China[41902015] ; Chinese Academy of Science[XDA20070203] ; Chinese Academy of Science[XDB26030302] ; State Key Laboratory of Palaeobiology and Stratigraphy (Nanjing Institute of Geology and Paleontology, CAS)[193116] ; Youth Innovation Promotion Association, Chinese Academy of Sciences[2021069]
WOS Research AreaPhysical Geography ; Geology
WOS SubjectGeography, Physical ; Geosciences, Multidisciplinary
WOS IDWOS:000724277900004
Funding OrganizationNational Natural Science Foundation of China ; Chinese Academy of Science ; State Key Laboratory of Palaeobiology and Stratigraphy (Nanjing Institute of Geology and Paleontology, CAS) ; Youth Innovation Promotion Association, Chinese Academy of Sciences
PublisherPERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD
Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.nigpas.ac.cn/handle/332004/40235
Collection中国科学院南京地质古生物研究所
Corresponding AuthorSun, Boyang
Affiliation1.Yuxi Normal Univ, Res Ctr Paleobiol, Yuxi 653100, Yunnan, Peoples R China
2.Chinese Acad Sci, Nanjing Inst Geol & Palaeontol, State Key Lab Palaeobiol & Stratig, Nanjing 210008, Jiangsu, Peoples R China
3.Chinese Acad Sci, Key Lab Vertebrate Evolut & Human Origins, Inst Vertebrate Paleontol & Paleoanthropol, Beijing 100044, Peoples R China
4.CAS Ctr Excellence Life & Paleoenvironm, Beijing 100044, Peoples R China
First Author AffilicationNanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeonotology,CAS
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Li, Yu,Sun, Boyang. Megantereon (Carnivora, Felidae) in the late Early Pleistocene in China and its implications for paleobiogeography[J]. QUATERNARY INTERNATIONAL,2022,610:97-107.
APA Li, Yu,&Sun, Boyang.(2022).Megantereon (Carnivora, Felidae) in the late Early Pleistocene in China and its implications for paleobiogeography.QUATERNARY INTERNATIONAL,610,97-107.
MLA Li, Yu,et al."Megantereon (Carnivora, Felidae) in the late Early Pleistocene in China and its implications for paleobiogeography".QUATERNARY INTERNATIONAL 610(2022):97-107.
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