In a recent article published in EPSL, Uzel et al. (2015) reported a paleomagnetic evidence on various rock types from Western Anatolia. It has been suggested that vertical axis rotations driven by the differential stretching along the Izmir Bahkesir Transfer Zone (IBTZ) were caused by slab detachment and slab tear processes at the northern edge of subducting African slab. Although the paper supplies high quality data regarding the geological evolution of western Anatolia, some points need to clarified in light of recently published data. (C) 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.