Biostratigraphy of amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals in Corsica and the role of man in the Holocene faunal turnover

Jean-Denis VIGNE, Salvador BAILON & Jacques CUISIN

en Anthropozoologica 25-26 - Pages 587-604

Published on 01 June 1998

This article is a part of the thematic issue Proceedings of the 7th ICAZ International Meeting, Constance, September 1994

This paper presents the results of a study of seven late Pleistocene and Holocene faunal assemblages from Corsica. They greatly improve the number of chronostratigraphic data-sets available for amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals from this island. Compared with those from several other recent excavations, they corroborate an earlier interpretation: the colonization of the island by man had little impact on the herpetofauna (a few introductions and no extinctions), a slightly more important impact on birds (mainly favouring some species) and a very strong one on mammals (complete turnover of the fauna).


Vertebrates, Corsica, island, human impact, Late Pleistocene, Holocene

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