Syrian tectonic evolution as part of the northern Arabian Plate: plate reconstructions are shown in frames ‘a’ (left); timelines of significant regional and local tectonic events are central; and Syrian tectonic evolution and sedimentation are shown in frames ‘b’ (right). Plate reconstructions are simplified after Stampfli et al. (2001) and are not to scale relative to each other; present-day Arabia is highlighted. Gradational coloring of timelines indicates degree of certainty. Relative dates of Arabian Plate (AP) tectonostratigrahic megasequence boundaries (Sharland et al., 2001) have been added for reference. Tectonic/sedimentation frames show elements generalized and in the correct contemporaneous position.