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Turkish Journal of Earth Sciences

Authors

ÜNAL AKKEMİK

DOI

10.3906/yer-1805-24

Abstract

Recent paleobotanical studies on petrified woods revealed valuable information about the Miocene-period trees of Turkey. The purpose of this study is to present new descriptions from the Pliocene of central Anatolia. The materials were collected from a new fossil site of Pliocene age in the village of Yıprak (Çerkeş, Çankırı, Turkey) in central northern Turkey. With this study, a new fossil genus, Cercioxylon Ü. Akkemik, related to modern Cercis L., and a new fossil species of Cupressinoxylon were described, and a long presence of taxodioid type trees from the late Oligocene to Pliocene of Turkey were discussed. The wood composition showed that the area had a lowland riparian forest type composed of Taxodioxylon, with lowland semidry vegetation composed of Cercioxylon and Cupressinoxylon. This type of vegetation, excluding the presence of Taxodioxylon, is rather similar to modern vegetation in the Mediterranean region.

First Page

398

Last Page

409

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