Significant mid-latitude aridity in the middle Miocene of East Asia

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Abstract

The East Asian climate history during the Neogene is a complicated and contentious issue, in particular because of its bearing on the development of the East Asian monsoon and Tibetan uplift chronology. Here we present a paleoprecipitation analysis based on mean molar tooth height (hypsodonty) of large herbivorous mammals to investigate the spatial pattern of climate zonation in East Asia during the middle Miocene. We show a generally humid and uniform situation before the late middle Miocene, replaced by a mid-latitude and belt from the late middle Miocene, into the earlier part of the late Miocene. These findings are concordant with the global phenomena of the middle Miocene climate optimum and the subsequent cooling. and suggest that the predominant climate in East Asia for most of the Miocene was planetary rather than monsoonal. Our results support a late initiation of the East Asian summer monsoon, coincidentally with the beginning of eolian red clay deposition in the later late Miocene at 7-8 Ma. (C) 2009 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
JournalPalaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology
Volume279
Issue number3-4
Pages (from-to)201-206
Number of pages6
ISSN0031-0182
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Fields of Science

  • Herbivorous mammals
  • Hypsodonty
  • Paleoprecipitation
  • Middle Miocene
  • East Asia
  • CHINESE LOESS PLATEAU
  • CLIMATE-CHANGE
  • MAMMALS
  • EVOLUTION
  • EUROPE
  • PATTERNS
  • MA
  • EXPANSION
  • SEQUENCE
  • DEPOSITS
  • 117 Geography, Environmental sciences

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Significant mid-latitude aridity in the middle Miocene of East Asia. / Liu, Liping; Eronen, Jussi T.; Fortelius, Mikael.

In: Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, Vol. 279, No. 3-4, 2009, p. 201-206.

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