First record of scorpion and camel-spider fragments (Arachnida: Scorpiones, Solifugae) from late pleistocene bitumen deposits of Azerbaijan

Abstract : During paleontological excavations on the territory of the Binagadi bitumen deposit (Absheron Peninsula, Azerbaijan), known as one of the largest burial grounds for specimens of fauna and flora of the Quaternary period, chitinous fragments of scorpions and solpugids were discovered at a depth of about 1.80 meters. For the entire almost century-long period of studying the fossil fauna of asphalt deposits of the world, fragments of a scorpions and a solpugids were discovered for the first time. The discovery of fragments of scorpions and solpugids in the Binagadi bitumen deposit is the evidence of the presence of these groups of arthropods in the Pleistocene of the Absheron. Due to the incompleteness of the studied material, the identification of fragments can be considered reliable only up to the genus.
Keyword : Bitumen deposit, Late Pleistocene, chitinous fragments, scorpion, solifuga
Author(s) : Novruzov, N. E.
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Published Issue : 2024 Vol. 19 Number 2

2024 Vol. 19 Number 2