The Maragheh Region in East Azarbaijan, northwestern Iran is a classical Pikermian fossil mammal locality and its geographical position is crucial to understanding the origin of open environments. These fossil sites in NW Iran are among the most renowned late Miocene in Eurasia; the recent fossil finds include also hominoid remains. Our work in Maragheh aims in understanding the origin of the open environments and their biota that developed in the course of the Miocene, the interactions between mammalian faunas and regional climatic change, in reconstructing late Miocene hominoid-bearing palaeoenvironments.
Main collaborators: Majid Mirzaie Ataabadi, Raymond Bernor, Mikael Fortelius, Tetsuya Sakai, Johanna Salminen
Keywords: Hominoid, Primate, Fossil mammals, Palaeoenvironments, Late Miocene, Iran