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Title: The Quibas site (Murcia, Spain): New herbivores from the Early-Middle Pleistocene transition
Authors: Galli, Emilia
Fidalgo, Darío
García-Tabernero, Antonio
Huguet Pàmies, Rosa
García-Martínez, Daniel
Piñero, Pedro
Agustí, Jordi
Rico-Barrio, Alba
Vallverdú, Josep
Keywords: Iberian Peninsula;Quaternary;Faunal turnover;Macromammals
Issue Date: Nov-2022
Publisher: Milano University Press
Citation: Rivista Italiana di Paleontologia e Stratigrafia, 2022, 128(3), 745-772
Abstract: The Lower Pleistocene site of Quibas, in Sierra de Quibas (Murcia, Spain) was discovered in 1994 and has since then provided abundant material of typical Epivillafranchian taxa. This biochron belongs to the Early-Middle Pleistocene transition (1.2 – 0.78 Ma), characterised by a change in orbital cyclicity from a 41 kyr cycle to 100 kyr that intensified the climate and culminated in the most important faunal turnover of the Pleistocene regarding large mammals. The Group of Palaeoanthropology of the National Museum of Natural Sciences (CSIC, Spain) and the Institut Català de Paleoecologia Humana i Evolució Social (IPHES-CERCA, Spain) carried out four field seasons from 2015 to 2018. Here we present the large herbivorous mammals recovered from the field, including the first citation of two taxa new to the locality: Stephanorhinus cf. etruscus and Bison cf. voigtstedtensis. We also provide the first description of previously mentioned taxa: Dama cf. vallonnetensis and Sus sp. Together with the remaining herbivores, the faunal community shows a strong European affinity with some regionalism. Compared with other Iberian localities, the site of Quibas stands out for the lack of hominin fossils or any evidence supporting their presence in the area, a peculiar scenario given that the Early-Middle Pleistocene transition broadly speaking sees the arrival of humans into Europe.
ISSN: 0035-6883
DOI: 10.54103/2039-4942/16707
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