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Comparison of mammalian fossils including primates from Neogene sediments of Asia

Report:Yuichiro Nishioka

Date:2010/12/28 - 2011/02/10

ĦĦI and Dr. Chang in National Museum of Natural Science, Thaichung, excavated fossils from cave sediments in Kenting National Park of southernmost Taiwan. The sediments yielded a lot of mammals including Macaca and some late Pleistocene species. After excavating the fossils, we collected morphological data of the specimens in the museum and also samples for 14C dating. I discussed the future study of the present fossil site and join research with Dr. Chang. In Panjab University and Geological Survey of India, I collected morphological data of mammalian fossils from Siwaliks that is distributed in Indo-Pakistan region. Because it was easy to access from Panjab Univ. to the Siwaliks, I visited the fossil localities with Dr. Patnaik. The data of Siwalik fossils was significant to compare with that of Myanmar fossils.
In Khorat Fossil Museum, Thailand, I collected morphological data of mammalian fossils from Southeast Asia such as Myanmar and Thailand. I could compare fossils between Southeast and South Asia, because I had already collected the latter data in India. Also, I discussed join research with staffs in Khorat Fossil Museum in a future work, and visited a nearby fossil locality from the museum.

Excavating fossils from the cave in Kenting National Park, southern Taiwan

Siwalik Fossil Park. Hanuman langur lives in forest that is partially distributed in the park.

A femur fossil of a bovid from the fossil locality near Khorat Fossil Museum

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