The Neogene-Quaternary stratigraphic record of the Italian peninsula is a unique archive for high-resolution assessments of some crucial intervals of the recent geological time. These include reconstructions of morphological, climate, faunal and floristic sceneries both at the Mediterranean and global scale.

The Neogene-Quaternary basins located in the inner sector of Northern Apennines (fig. 1) represent one of the best examples of this archive, since significant steps forward in understanding the palaeogeographical and palaeoecological dynamics of the Mediterranean Sea were carried out studying the marine to continental sedimentary infill of these basins (e.g. Martini & Sagri, 1993; Bossio...

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