Fragmenta Palaeontologica Hungarica

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Author(s): Botka, D. & Mészáros, L.
Title: Taxonomic and palaeoecological review of the Soricidae (Mammalia) fauna from the late Early Pleistocene Somssich Hill 2 locality (Villány Hills, Southern Hungary)
Year: 2018
Volume: 35
Pages: 143-151.


Abstract: The present paper is the concluding part of the series describing the Soricidae fauna of the late Early Pleistocene Somssich Hill 2 locality, Southern Hungary. The assemblage includes 9 shrew forms: 3 Sorex, 2 Crocidura, 2 Beremendia, 1 Asoriculus, and 1 Neomys species. The taxonomic results of the study are summarized, and some new ecological conclusions drawn from the layer-bylayer overview of the specific composition of the fauna are presented here. The forms of cold grassy vegetation dominate in most of the strata, but the indicators of warm grasslands also appear in some layers. The appearance of forest species in most layers correlates with the presence of aquatic shrews. The ratio of cold and warm-indicating species varies in the layers, but dominance of cold indicators decreases in the second half of the succession, while the number of forest and warm indicators increases. With 2 figures and 2 tables.
Keywords: palaeoecology, Late Early Pleistocene, Soricidae, Somssich Hill, palaeoenvironment

Journal: Fragmenta Palaeontologica Hungarica
Journal abbreviation: Fragm. Palaeont. Hung.
ISSN: 1586-930X
Publisher: Hungarian Natural History Museum, Budapest
Editor(s): Dulai, A.