Structural changes in Italian Late Pliocene - Pleistocene large Mammal assemblages

Federico Masini, Paul P. A. Mazza, Ficcarelli, Laura Abbazzi, Federico Masini, Flaviano Fanfani, Rook, Adele Bertini, Torre

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A schematic range-chart of the late Pliocene - Pleistocene large mammal genera is presented. The main faunal events recognizable within this time span are discussed. The first faunal event occurs around the Gauss/Matuyama transition with the beginning of the middle Villafranchian characterized by the arrival of Mammuthus (Archidiskodon) and Equus (the so-called "elephant-Equus event"). The following faunal event occurs at the Plio-Pleistocene transition (the so-called "wolf event"). The latter is marked by a strong contraction in the diversity of the ruminants and by a renewal in the carnivore diversity with the arrival of social carnivores. The low diversity in ruminant assemblage persist until the end of the middle Pleistocene when new arrivals again produce a diversity similar to the final Pliocene one.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)303-306
Numero di pagine4
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2001

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