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Theriologia Ukrainica

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2020 • Vol. 19 • Contents of volume >>>

download pdfEmelyanov, I., I. Zagorodniuk. 2020. Vadym Topachevsky, an outstanding zoologist and manager of science (to the researcher’s 90th anniversary). Theriologia Ukrainica, 19: 148–156.


Vadym Topachevsky, an outstanding zoologist and manager of science (to the researcher’s 90th anniversary)


Igor Emelyanov, Igor Zagorodniuk


National Museum of Natural History NAS of Ukraine (Kyiv, Ukraine)


Theriologia Ukrainica. 2020. Vol. 19: 148–156.




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The life of Vadym Oleksandrovych Topachevsky and his contribution to the development of science is considered. V. O. Topachevsky was the most famous palaeomammalogist of Eastern Europe, long-term head of the palaeontological department of the now National Museum of Natural History of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, director of Schmalhausen Institute of Zoology of the Ukrainian SSR, founder and editor-in-chief of a number of important Ukrainian zoological publications, and academician of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. Vadym Oleksandrovych was at the origins of systematic palaeontological expeditions to key sites of the Quaternary period, participated in the development of serial collections of small mammals and of the research techniques of faunal complexes based on the analysis of samples characterising the micromammal fauna of a particular section. Research by V. O. Topachevsky is devoted to such fundamental branches of zoology as taxonomy, phylogenetics, historical faunistics, evolutionary morphology, and zoogeography. The scientist paid much attention to biostratigraphy and palaeogeography. He solved complex issues of taxonomy and parataxonomy in relation to extinct and modern representatives of fauna, justified the establishing of a number of new to science taxa of extinct mammals. Among the outstanding achievements of Vadym Topachevsky of great importance is the creation of a comprehensive association scheme of development of communities, which explains the changes in the fauna of small mammals of the late Pliocene, Eopleistocene and Pleistocene of the Northern Black Sea Region, as well as the development and justification of the biozonal stratigraphic scheme of the late Miocene and Pliocene of the Eastern Paratethys. He is the author of 8 monographs and supervisor of 11 candidate and 2 doctoral dissertations. Vadym Oleksandrovych formed a powerful scientific department and prepared a worthy scientific change, the works of which are well known to specialists. His achievements were awarded the Order of the Badge of Honor, the titles of Academician of the NAS of Ukraine, Honoured Worker of Science and Technology of Ukraine, and he won the I. I. Schmalhausen Prize of the NAS of Ukraine. The palaeontological exhibition of the National Museum of Natural History NAS of Ukraine was named after the scientist in 2005. The list of Vadym Topachevsky’s main scientific works is given as well.


palaeontology, mammalogy, biostratigraphy, science in Ukraine.



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Emelyanov, I. G., T. V. Krakhmalnaya. 2010. Vadym Aleksandrovych Topachevskiy (16.07.1930–09.11.2004). Vestnik zoologii, 44 (5): 477–478. (In Russian)
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Nesin, V. A., V. А. Topachevsky. 1991. Ancient stages of evolution in voles (Rodentia, Microtinae). Vestnik zoologii, No. 6: 41–46. (In Russian)
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Topachevsky, V. A. 1965. Insectivores and Rodents of the Nogaisk Late Pliocene Fauna. Naukova Dumka, Kyiv, 1–164. (In Russian)
Topachevsky, V. A. 1969. Mole Rats (Spalacidae). Nauka, Leningrad, 1–248. (Series: Fauna of USSR. Vol. 3. Mammals. Is. 3). (In Russian)
Topachevsky, V. A., A. F. Skorik. 1977. Rodents of the Early Tamanian Fauna of the Tiligul Section. Naukova Dumka, Kyiv, 1–252. (In Russian)
Topachevsky, V. A. 1973. Rodents from the Taman Faunal Complex in Crimea. Naukova Dumka, Kyiv, 1–235. (In Russian)
Topachevsky, V. A., A. F. Skorik, L. I. Rekovets. 1987. Rodents of the Upper Neogene and Early Anthropogene Deposits of Khadzhibei Estuary. Naukova Dumka, Kyiv, 1–205. (In Russian)
Topachevsky, V. A., V. A. Nesin. 1989. Rodents of the Moldavian and Khaprovian Faunistic Complexes of Kotlovyna Section. Naukova Dumka, Kyiv, 1–134. (In Russian)
Topachevsky, V. A., A. F. Skorik. 1992. Neogene and Pleistocene Lower Hamsters of South of the Eastern Europe. Naukova Dumka, Kyiv, 1–242. (In Russian)
Topachevsky, V. A., V. A. Nesin, I. V. Topachevsky. 1998. Biozonal microtheriological scheme (stratigraphic distribution of small mammals — Insectivora, Lagomorpha, Rodentia) of the Neogene of the northern part of the East Parathetis. Vestnik Zoologii, 32 (1–2): 76–87. (In Russian)
Topachevsky, V. A., V. A. Nesin, A. L. Chepalyga, I. V. Topachevsky. 2000. Biostratigraphy of small mammal assemblages of Maeotian and upper Sarmatian age in Novoelizavetovka section. Dopovidi NAS of Ukraine, No. 11: 213–217. (In Russian)
Topachevsky, V. A., I. G. Emelyanov, L. I. Rekovets, T. V. Krakhmalnaya. 2000. Ecological aspects of the diversity formation of Small Mammals Communities in the Late Pleistocene of Ukraine. Ecology and Noospherology. 9 (1–2): 25–34. (In Russian)
Rekovets, L., V. Topachevsky, I. Emelyanov, T. Krakhmalnaya. 2001. Taxonomic richness and diversity of small mammals of the Late Pleistocene of the South of Eastern Europe. Natur- und Kulturlandschaft., 4: 50–55.
Topachevskii, V. A. 1976. Fauna of the USSR: mammals. Mole rats, Spalacidae. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. (USA)


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