WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN ENVIRONMENT AND CLIMATE DURING THE LATE QUATERNARY USING SMALL-MAMMAL ASSEMBLAGES
Juan Manuel López-García
1. IPHES, Institut Català de Paleoecologia Humana i Evolució Social, Campus Sescelades URV, Edifici W3, 43007 Tarragona, Spain.
2. Àrea de Prehistòria, Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV), Avinguda de Catalunya 35, 43002 Tarragona, Spain
Keywords: Insectivores, Bats, Rodents, Late Pleistocene, Holocene
The knowledge of palaeoenvironment and palaeoclimate during the late Pleistocene and the beginning of the Holocene is one of the main studied topics of the last decades by multitude of disciplines, including the research on small mammals. Moreover, the environmental and climatic data obtained using the small-mammal assemblages allow us to observe how our ancestors lived, showing for example that independently of climatic fluctuations Neanderthals and Anatomic Modern Humans (AMH) inhabited, in general, in landscapes surrounded by forest formations.
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