Insectivore palaeoecology. A case study of a Miocene fissure filling in Germany

Johannes Klietmann, Lars W van den Hoek Ostende, Doris Nagel, Michael Rummel

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Many Miocene localities yielded considerable numbers of eulipotyphlan fossils. The group as awhole is generally
considered to be indicative for humid environments, but little is known about the preferences of specific taxa.We
discuss the insectivores found in the German fissure filling Petersbuch 28, including an insectivorous marsupial,
in an attempt to refine the knowledge of the preferred environments of insectivores. For this, we compared the
assemblage in quantitative analyses with other insectivore assemblages of similar age. Our results show that, in
full accordance with previous hypotheses, dimylids, most moles and shrews were shown to be indicators for
humid environments, like swamps or humid forests, whereas the hedgehogs, the moles Desmanodon and
Theratiskos and the shrew Oligosorex were more common in dryer environments.
Seiten (von - bis)278-289
FachzeitschriftPalaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - 2015

ÖFOS 2012

  • 105118 Paläontologie


  • Miocene, Insectivores, Palaeoecology