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Description, paleoenvironmental and paleobiogeographical implications of Miocene fish faunas from Jabal Zaltan and Sahabi (Libya) Open Access

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Subject/Keyword
Neogene
Africa
fossil fish
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Argyriou, Thodoris
Supervisor and department
Murray, Alison M (Biological Sciences)
Examining committee member and department
Losey, Robert (Anthropology)
Paszkowski, Cynthia (Biological Sciences)
Caldwell, Michael W (Biological Sciences)
Murray, Alison M (Biological Sciences)
Department
Department of Biological Sciences
Specialization
Systematics and Evolution
Date accepted
2014-01-27T14:47:51Z
Graduation date
2014-06
Degree
Master of Science
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
The Libyan fossiliferous sites of Jabal Zaltan (early to middle Miocene) and Sahabi (late Miocene) have been excavated for decades and have produced an immense diversity of vertebrate fossils including fish. Fish remains from a recent field campaign at the two sites are described here in detail. The new, greatly expanded, ichthyofaunal lists add considerably to our knowledge of the fossil fish diversity present at the two sites. Several first occurrences of fish taxa in the African continent or the fossil record are also recorded. The increased knowledge of the two Libyan ichthyofaunas allows for accurate reconstructions of the paleoenvironments present in their vicinity at the time of the deposition of their sediments. The biogeographical affinities of the two faunas are also discussed in detail. Paleoichthyological data from Sahabi and other penecontemporaneous African ichthyofaunas are used to discuss various proposed scenarios for the paleohydrology of the Sahara during the Messinian.
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English
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doi:10.7939/R37M0479C
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