New data on the origin of Nesiotites (Soricidae, Mammalia) in Menorca (Balearic Islands, Spain)

Guillem Pons-Monjo, Salvador Moyà-Solà, Marc Furió*

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The presence of the shrew Nesiotites in Menorca is not yet adequately explained. Some authors consider that its ancestor arrived during the Messinian Salinity Crisis, as happened in Mallorca. Other authors consider that fossil populations in Menorca are the result of a later migration from Mallorca. In this work, several biometrical and morphological characters of abundant fossil populations from both islands have been studied. The results indicate that Early Pleistocene populations in Mallorca and Menorca are rather indistinguishable. Therefore, an early post-Messinian (Pliocene) isolation of Nesiotites in both islands is quite unlikely.

Idioma originalEnglish
Pàgines (de-a)393-401
RevistaComptes Rendus - Palevol
Volum11
Número5
DOIs
Estat de la publicacióPublicada - 1 de jul. 2012

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