Insectivores (Erinaceidae, Soricidae, Talpidae; Mammalia) from the Pliocene of Capo Mannu D1 (Mandriola, central-western Sardinia, Italy)

Marc Furió*, Chiara Angelone

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    Abstract

    Capo Mannu D1 (often cited as Mandriola) is a key site to reconstruct Sardinian PlioQuaternary faunal evolution and origin. After 35 years of the discovery of the site, the insectivore component of the Capo Mannu D1 fauna has been studied resulting in the identification of Parasorex depereti, Asoriculus gibberodon, cf. Soricini indet. and Talpa cf. minor. P. depereti and cf. Soricini indet. are not present in younger Corso-Sardinian assemblages. On the other hand, A. gibberodon and Talpa cf. minor are the oldest known possible ancestors recorded so far of the Late PlioceneQuaternary Corso-Sardinian endemic "Nesiotites" spp. and Talpa tyrrhenica. The insectivores from capo Mannu D1 are not affected by modifications due to the permanence in an insular domain and resemble MN 14-15 insectivore assemblages of SW Europe. Their arrival in Sardinia may have occurred at the Early/Middle Pliocene boundary in concomitance with R. azzarolii, a murid from Capo Mannu D1 that appears very slightly modified with respect to its continental ancestors. © 2010 Schweizerbart'sche Verlagsbuchhandlung, Stuttgart, Germany.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)229-242
    Number of pages14
    JournalNeues Jahrbuch fur Geologie und Palaontologie - Abhandlungen
    Volume258
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2010

    Keywords

    • Insectivores
    • Italy
    • Palaeobiogeography
    • Pliocene
    • Sardinia
    • Systematics

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