The latest Pleistocene - Holocene megafauna extinction is a global event, particularly dramatic in the Americas. In a previous paper the authors hypothesised a scenario for this extinction event in South America, where mastodonts first su ered from the changing climate environment, followed by the mylodonts and equids. These di fferent latest Pleistocene - Holocene megafauna extinction "waves" in Ecuadorian Andes have been dated using 14C methods on material from selected sites in north and central Ecuadorian Interandean Depression. An outline of the physiographic evolution of the Interandean Depression in Ecuador is o ered and the stratigraphic setting of the fossiliferous sites is discussed. The present results confirm the author's hypothesis on the megafauna extinction pattern, previously published in terms of relative age. The importance of climatic changes during Last Glacial Maximum at low latitudes is discussed.

The last occurrence of Pleistocene megafauna in the Ecuadorian Andes / M. COLTORTI; G. FICCARELLI; H. JAHREN; L. ROOK; M. MORENO-ESPINOSA. - In: JOURNAL OF SOUTH AMERICAN EARTH SCIENCES. - ISSN 0895-9811. - STAMPA. - 11(6):(1998), pp. 581-586. [10.1016/S0895-9811(98)00037-6]

The last occurrence of Pleistocene megafauna in the Ecuadorian Andes.

FICCARELLI, GIOVANNI;ROOK, LORENZO;
1998

Abstract

The latest Pleistocene - Holocene megafauna extinction is a global event, particularly dramatic in the Americas. In a previous paper the authors hypothesised a scenario for this extinction event in South America, where mastodonts first su ered from the changing climate environment, followed by the mylodonts and equids. These di fferent latest Pleistocene - Holocene megafauna extinction "waves" in Ecuadorian Andes have been dated using 14C methods on material from selected sites in north and central Ecuadorian Interandean Depression. An outline of the physiographic evolution of the Interandean Depression in Ecuador is o ered and the stratigraphic setting of the fossiliferous sites is discussed. The present results confirm the author's hypothesis on the megafauna extinction pattern, previously published in terms of relative age. The importance of climatic changes during Last Glacial Maximum at low latitudes is discussed.
1998
11(6)
581
586
M. COLTORTI; G. FICCARELLI; H. JAHREN; L. ROOK; M. MORENO-ESPINOSA
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