EVIDENCES OF EARLY PLIOCENE FOSSIL REMAINS OF TRIBE CERVINI (MAMMALIA, ARTIODACTYLA, CERVIDAE) FROM THE SIWALIKS OF PAKISTAN
A. Ghaffar, M. Akhtar*, and A. Q. Nayyer**
Department of Meteorology, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT), Islamabad
*Department of Zoology, University of the Punjab (PU), Quaid-i-Azam Campus, Lahore
**Department of Zoology, University of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK), Muzaffarabad
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In this study we mentioned the Cervini material from the Early Pliocene of the Siwaliks. Previous workers described the cervid taxa from Late Pliocene - Pleistocene but the recent collection of cervids material from two well-known fossil sites extend the range of Cervidae fossils into the Early Pliocene – Pleistocene. Early Pliocene age is assigned to these fossil sites based on magnetostratigraphy combined with biostratigraphy, which provides better age control on these fossils, which can then be used to correlate the biostratigraphy of the Siwalik continental deposits.
Key words: Early Pliocene; Cervidae; magnetostratigraphy; biostratigraphy; Siwaliks; Pakistan.