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A Brief Note on the Presence of the Common Hamster during the Late Glacial Period in Southwestern France

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Biogéosciences, UMR 6282 CNRS, Université Bourgogne Franche-Comté, 21000 Dijon, France
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UMR 5199 CNRS, PACEA Université Bordeaux, 33615 Pessac CEDEX, France
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Quaternary 2018, 1(1), 8; https://doi.org/10.3390/quat1010008
Received: 18 May 2018 / Revised: 4 June 2018 / Accepted: 5 June 2018 / Published: 7 June 2018
The Late Glacial period is characterized by slow warming, punctuated by short, cold episodes, such as the Younger Dryas (i.e., GS1). The impact of this climatic event on the mammal community is still poorly documented in southwestern France. Here, a new radiocarbon date obtained directly on fossil remains of common hamster, Cricetus cricetus, confirms its presence in southwestern France during the Younger Dryas (GS1). This observation currently suggests that C. cricetus could be an accurate chronological indicator of this event in southwestern France. In this particular case, it also demonstrates an attritional death, polluting the deposit, these remains having been found in the Combe-Cullier layer, attributed to an earlier period. View Full-Text
Keywords: Cricetus cricetus; rodent; paleobiogeography; Younger Dryas; radiocarbon date Cricetus cricetus; rodent; paleobiogeography; Younger Dryas; radiocarbon date
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Royer, A.; Sécher, A.; Langlais, M. A Brief Note on the Presence of the Common Hamster during the Late Glacial Period in Southwestern France. Quaternary 2018, 1, 8.

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