The insectivores (Soricidae, Erinaceidae; Eulipotyphla; Mammalia) from Cueva Victoria (Early Pleistocene, Murcia, Spain)

Marc Furió*, Luis Gibert, Carles Ferràndez, Paloma Sevilla

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    Abstract

    In the Early Pleistocene locality of Cueva Victoria, the insectivores are represented by several fossil teeth, mandibles and skull fragments. In the present work, we describe and provide measurements of these fossils for the first time. Insectivores show a rather low taxonomic diversity in Cueva Victoria, with only two different species. Considering the environmental requirements for their extant relatives, the presence of only one hedgehog (Erinaceus cf. praeglacialis Brunner, 1933), and one shrew (Crocidura kornfeldi Kormos, 1934) points to the existence of dry and warm conditions in the surrounding area of Cueva Victoria, unfavourable to other contemporary species of insectivores.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)151-161
    Number of pages11
    JournalNeues Jahrbuch fur Geologie und Palaontologie - Abhandlungen
    Volume275
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2015

    Keywords

    • Biogeography
    • Crocidurinae
    • Glacial refuge
    • Hedgehog
    • Iberian Peninsula
    • Quaternary
    • White-toothed shrew

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