The shrew pleads ‘not guilty’ to the mole’s murder: comment on Bennàsar et al. (2015)

Marc Furió*

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    Abstract

    The damage on the surface of a mole fossil humerus from the early Pleistocene site of Sima del Elefante (Atapuerca, Burgos, Spain) has been recently interpreted as bite marks of the extinct shrew Beremendia fissidens. The present work considers this attribution not evident, and it stresses some doubts on the feasibility of a shrew leaving bite marks on a bone using its incisors, as well as the physical and ethological inconsistencies that it would imply.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)230-233
    Number of pages4
    JournalHistorical Biology
    Volume29
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 17 Feb 2017

    Keywords

    • Atapuerca
    • Beremendia
    • taphonomy
    • venomous mammal

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