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Quaternary terrestrial microvertebrates from mediterranean northwestern Africa: State-of-the-art focused on recent multidisciplinary studies

Abstract : Northwestern Africa is today characterized by high geographical, climatic and ecological diversity; it is recognized as a hotspot of biodiversity and a major area for both human and faunal evolution. Studies of North African fossil microvertebrates have increased considerably in recent years, but they no longer just provide palaeontological descriptions of the species found in the assemblages. They also aim at better understanding the evolution of faunal communities in relation to Quaternary climate changes and at reconstructing the palaeoenvironmental background of prehistoric human occupations, in well-established taphonomic and chronological contexts. These studies are also increasingly adopting an integrative approach by combining archaeology, palaeontology, (palaeo)genetics, taphonomy, palaeoecology and systematics, and using new methods such as geometric morphometrics and isotopic analyses on both fossil and modern specimens. This paper aims to present a history of the studies on Quaternary terrestrial microvertebrates from northwestern Africa, and show how recent multidisciplinary studies have provided new perspectives and evidence on the respective influences of climate change and increasing human pressure on their evolution.
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Emmanuelle Stoetzel, Aude Lalis, Violaine Nicolas, Stéphane Aulagnier, Touria Benazzou, et al.. Quaternary terrestrial microvertebrates from mediterranean northwestern Africa: State-of-the-art focused on recent multidisciplinary studies. Quaternary Science Reviews, Elsevier, 2019, 224, pp.105966. ⟨10.1016/j.quascirev.2019.105966⟩. ⟨hal-02380618⟩

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