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Small mammals from the early Pleistocene of the Granada Basin, southern Spain

  • Antonio García-Alix (a1) (a2), Raef Minwer-Barakat (a2), Elvira Martín Suárez (a3) and Matthijs Freudenthal (a3) (a4)
Abstract

The Pliocene and Pleistocene continental sedimentary records of the western sector of the Granada Basin, southern Spain, consist of alternating fluvial and lacustrine/palustrine sediments. Two Quaternary sections from this sector have been sampled: Huétor Tájar and Tojaire. They have yielded remains of rodents, insectivores and lagomorphs. The presence in the Huétor Tájar and Tojaire sections of Mimomys, Apodemus atavus, Castillomys rivas and two different species of Allophaiomys, indicates an Early Pleistocene age. These deposits, which are related to a fluvio-lacustrine system, can be differentiated from an older (Pliocene) braided fluvial system. Their dating has important repercussions on the paleogeographic reconstruction of the basin. The conditions inferred from the ecological preferences of the small mammal associations are wet and cold. These associations suggest a predominance of open herbaceous habitats, followed by forested habitats; semiaquatic habitats are the least represented.

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Corresponding author. Departamento de Ciencias de la Tierra, Universidad de Cádiz, 11510 Puerto Real, Spain. Fax: +34 935868333.

E-mail address: agalix@ugr.es (A. García-Alix).

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