Artículos de revistas
Last glacial maximum environments in northwestern Patagonia revealed by fossil small mammals
Tammone, Mauro Nicolás; Hajduk, Adan; Arias, Pablo; Teta, Pablo Vicente; Lacey, Eileen A.; et al.; Last glacial maximum environments in northwestern Patagonia revealed by fossil small mammals; Academic Press Inc Elsevier Science; Quaternary Research; 82; 1; 26-5-2014; 198-208
Tammone, Mauro Nicolás
Teta, Pablo Vicente
Lacey, Eileen A.
Pardiñas, Ulises Francisco J.
Comparisons of historical and modern assemblages of mammals can yield important insights into patterns and processes of environmental change. Here, we present the first analyses of small mammal assemblages present in northern Patagonia during the last glacial maximum (LGM). Using remains obtained from owl pellets excavated from an archeological cave site (Arroyo Corral I, levels VII–V, carbon dates of 22,400–21,530 cal yr BP), we generate estimates of the minimum number of individuals for all species detected; these estimates, in turn are used to determine relative species abundances. Comparisons of these data with similar analyses of small mammal remains obtained from a second archeological site (ACoII, levels IV–V, carbon dates of 10,010–9220 cal yr BP) as well as from modern owl pellets reveal pronounced changes in relative species abundance since the LGM. In particular, Euneomys chinchilloides and Ctenomys sociabilis – the predominant species during the LGM – declined markedly, suggesting a change from open, bare habitat punctuated by patches of wet meadows and shrubs to the more densely vegetated mosaic of ecotone habitats found in this region today. These data provide important new insights into the environmental changes that have occurred in northern Patagonia over the last 20,000 years.