Earliest hominin and non-hominin inhabitants of Cappadocia, Turkey
University of Oulu
Cappadocia Paleontological Research project tackles with the major research questions related to the disappearance of the Pikermian fauna (including hominin species) at the end of the Miocene and its biogeographical connections with the Plio-Pleistocene East African savannah faunas. Understanding evolution and dispersal of early hominins within an ecological context in Eastern Mediterranean and East Africa has a pivotal place in this research initiative. Three late Miocene paleontological excavations at the Yeniyalacik, Sofular and Tashan sites in Central Anatolia, Turkey provide the study material of this project. These unpublished new sites are very rich in fauna ( including the species of rhinos, elephants, bovids, suids, giraffes, carnivores, primates and small mammals) and yields promising information related to geological and ecological changes occurred between ~10 to 4 million years ago in Eastern Mediterranean. This research financially supported by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Turkey, University of California-Berkeley, and Kayseri Metropolitan Municipality.