The Eomyidae in Asia: Biogeography, diversity and dispersals

Pages 181-200
DOI 10.37520/fi.2020.012
Keywords Rodentia, Eomyidae, palaeobiogeography, intercontinental dispersal, Valley of Lakes, Nei Mongol, Inner Mongolia, Junggar Basin, endemism
Citation KIMURA, Yuri, CASANOVAS-VILAR, Isaac, MARIDET, Olivier, KALTHOFF, Daniela C., MÖRS, Thomas a TOMIDA, Yukimitsu. The Eomyidae in Asia: Biogeography, diversity and dispersals. Fossil Imprint / Acta Musei Nationalis Pragae, Series B – Historia Naturalis. Prague: National Museum, 2020, 76(1), 181-200. DOI: ISSN 2533-4050 (tisk), 2533-4069 (online). Also available from:
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In Asia, the first find of an eomyid rodent was reported almost one century after the first studies of the family Eomyidae in North America and Europe. Since then, eomyid rodents have been increasingly found in Asia particularly over the past two decades. Here, we review the Asian record of this family at the genus level. Currently, 22 species within 14 genera were reported from Asia, including seven endemic genera and rare materials of apeomyine eomyids. Eomyids emphasize the palaeogeographic importance of Asia in considering intercontinental dispersal events of small mammals. With newly compiled data for Asian eomyids, we also compare genus-level diversity trends through time among North America, Europe, and Asia. Despite data standardizations limited with respect to potential biases in the fossil record, we found that the Asian eomyid diversity closely follows ecological shifts induced by climate changes. In general, Asian eomyid genera disappeared earlier than their European counterparts. We suggest that this pattern is not dictated by differences in the quality of the fossil record and is related to the expansion of drier habitats over large areas of Asia.

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