A schematic range-chart of the late Pliocene - Pleistocene large mammal genera is presented. The main faunal events recognizable within this time span are discussed. The first faunal event occurs around the Gauss/Matuyama transition with the beginning of the middle Villafranchian characterized by the arrival of Mammuthus (Archidiskodon) and Equus (the so-called "elephant-Equus event"). The following faunal event occurs at the Plio-Pleistocene transition (the so-called "wolf event"). The latter is marked by a strong contraction in the diversity of the ruminants and by a renewal in the carnivore diversity with the arrival of social carnivores. The low diversity in ruminant assemblage persist until the end of the middle Pleistocene when new arrivals again produce a diversity similar to the final Pliocene one.

Structural changes in Italian Late Pliocene - Pleistocene large mammal assemblages / Torre D.; Abbazzi L.; Bertini A.; Fanfani F.; Ficcarelli G.; Masini F.; Mazza P.; Rook L.. - In: BOLLETTINO DELLA SOCIETÀ PALEONTOLOGICA ITALIANA. - ISSN 0375-7633. - STAMPA. - 40 (2):(2001), pp. 303-306.

Structural changes in Italian Late Pliocene - Pleistocene large mammal assemblages.

TORRE, DANILO;ABBAZZI, LAURA;BERTINI, ADELE;FICCARELLI, GIOVANNI;MAZZA, PAUL;ROOK, LORENZO
2001

Abstract

A schematic range-chart of the late Pliocene - Pleistocene large mammal genera is presented. The main faunal events recognizable within this time span are discussed. The first faunal event occurs around the Gauss/Matuyama transition with the beginning of the middle Villafranchian characterized by the arrival of Mammuthus (Archidiskodon) and Equus (the so-called "elephant-Equus event"). The following faunal event occurs at the Plio-Pleistocene transition (the so-called "wolf event"). The latter is marked by a strong contraction in the diversity of the ruminants and by a renewal in the carnivore diversity with the arrival of social carnivores. The low diversity in ruminant assemblage persist until the end of the middle Pleistocene when new arrivals again produce a diversity similar to the final Pliocene one.
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Torre D.; Abbazzi L.; Bertini A.; Fanfani F.; Ficcarelli G.; Masini F.; Mazza P.; Rook L.
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