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Mammuthus (Mammalia, Proboscidea) à la croisée de la Beringia, avec une digression sur les mammifères

Pascal TASSY & Pascal TASSY

fr Geodiversitas 31 (4) - Pages 993-1005

Published on 31 December 2009

Mammuthus (Mammalia, Proboscidea) at the crossroads in Beringia, with a digression on mammals.

The latest DNA analyses of woolly mammoths confirm the antiquity of the differentiation of the species Mammuthus primigenius, c. 600 000-800 000 years ago. They renew also the study of the “transition” between Mammuthus trogontherii and Mammuthus primigenius. The different ways of practicing multiple approaches in evolutionary biology are evoked, with the examples of the woolly mammoth and of the interrelationships of Mammalia.
Keywords :
Mammalia, Proboscidea, woolly mammoth, steppe mammoth, Beringia, Pleistocene, Holocene, punctuated equilibria, molecular phylogeny.
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