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A window into the Pliocene Record of South Caucasus: fossil vertebrate fauna: paleoenvironmental and paleoclimatic reconstructions

Edited by:
Davit Vasilyan, PhD, Jurassica Museum, Switzerland
Damien Becker, PhD, Jurassica Museum, Switzerland
Olivier Maridet, PhD, Jurassica Museum, Switzerland
Lutz Maul, PhD, Senckenberg Research Station of Quaternary Palaeontology, Germany

Submission Status: Open   |   Submission Deadline: 31 October 2024 


Swiss Journal of Palaeontology is calling for submissions to our Collection on A window into the Pliocene Record of South Caucasus: fossil vertebrate fauna: paleoenvironmental and paleoclimatic reconstructions.


About the Collection

The present article collection unites contributions dedicated to the study of the fossil record of a newly discovered site, Jradzor in Armenia. The sedimentary succession reflects a depositional history of volcanogenic origin, which has been dated as the second half of the Pliocene Epoch (4.3-3.1 Ma). During the catastrophic volcanic eruptions, the entire vertebrate fauna has found a dramatic death being trapped in hot pyroclastic density currents. The fossil record found in volcaniclastic and other sedimentary rocks is represented by different vertebrate groups including fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds and both large and small mammals. Further, a diatom flora from the lacustrine base of the section and vegetation based on phytolith record from the covering volcaniclastic and catena deposits will be studied. The Jradzor site provides a unique and, so far, missing Pliocene record for the South Caucasus – a region at the crossroads of three continents, Africa, Asia, and Europe. The site will enable understanding of palaeobiogeographic relationships at small- (regions) and large-scale (continents).


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This Collection welcomes submission of research articles. Should you wish to submit a different article type, please read our submission guidelines to confirm that type is accepted by the journal. 

Articles for this Collection should be submitted via our submission system, Snapp. Please, select the appropriate Collection title “A window into the Pliocene Record of South Caucasus: fossil vertebrate fauna: paleoenvironmental and paleoclimatic reconstructions" under the “Details” tab during the submission stage.

Articles will undergo the journal’s standard peer-review process and are subject to all the journal’s standard policies. Articles will be added to the Collection as they are published.

The Editors have no competing interests with the submissions which they handle through the peer-review process. The peer-review of any submissions for which the Editors have competing interests is handled by another Editorial Board Member who has no competing interests.