The fossil record of the Iberian insectivores forms a subset of those found in central Europe. Comparison of the late early to early late Miocene record of the two areas shows that, particularly during the late Early Miocene, central European taxa have transient occurrences in Spain. Most taxa appear earlier and survive longer in central Europe. A notable exception is the gymnure Galerix, which extirpates earlier in central Europe, except for a transient occurrence in Germany just prior to its extinction. The main period of insectivore migrations is the late middle Miocene, although some of the taxa that enter remain restricted to the coastal areas. Overall, the pattern of distribution in time and space is best explained by the preference of insectivores for humid environments, as were found during the early Miocene and re-appeared at the end of the middle Miocene.
|Translated title of the contribution||Enters the shrew, some considerations on the Miocene palaeobiogeography of Iberian insectivores|
|Number of pages||11|
|Journal||Comptes Rendus - Palevol|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Sep 2016|