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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)393-401
JournalComptes Rendus - Palevol
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2012


  • Asoriculus
  • Biogeography
  • Endemism
  • Insular evolution
  • Mallorca
  • Shrew


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