French-Thai Paleontological Mission
Sedimentary basins of Northern and Eastern Thailand
Rich fossiliferous deposits containing freshwater and terrestrial vertebrate fossils
documenting the middle and upper Miocene of southeastern Asia.
- Yaowalak CHAIMANEE (PALEVOPRIM)
Miocene mammal faunas of Thailand have delivered rich primates fauna represented by sivaladapids, tarsiids, pliopithecids as well as hominoids, which confer to these sites an outstanding interest for our evolutionary history.
Numerous publications and PhD thesis are issued from these discoveries which have been conducted for the last 30 years. They concern geology, dating and description of mammalian faunas and especially primates. New primates have been described, as well as many representatives of other mammalian groups such as proboscideans, carnivores, rhinocerotids, anthracotheriids, ruminants, … Relative to hominoids, a new genus, Khoratpithecus, has been described and is considered as the closest known relative of the extant orangutan.
MPFT is a trandisciplinary (paleontology, geology and paleoenvironments) research project conducted by PALEVOPRIM in close cooperation with the Department of Mineral Resources and Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
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