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Palynology of badger coprolites from central Spain
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Carriَn، نويسنده , , Filipe J.S. and Gil Santos، نويسنده , , G. and Rodrيguez، نويسنده , , E. and Fuentes، نويسنده , , N. and Garcيa-Antَn، نويسنده , , M. D. Arribas، نويسنده , , A.، نويسنده ,
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روزنامه با شماره پیاپی سال 2005
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This paper presents pollen analysis of badger coprolites from Cueva de los Torrejones, central Spain. Eleven of fourteen coprolite specimens showed good pollen preservation, acceptable pollen concentration, and diversity of both arboreal and herbaceous taxa, together with a number of non-pollen palynomorph types, especially fungal spores. Radiocarbon dating suggests that the coprolite collection derives from badger colonies that established setts and latrines inside the cavern over the last three centuries. The coprolite pollen record depicts a mosaic, anthropogenic landscape very similar to the present-day, comprising pine forests, Quercus-dominated formations, woodland patches with Juniperus thurifera, and a Cistaceae-dominated understorey with heliophytes and nitrophilous assemblages. Although influential, dietary behavior of the badgers does not preclude palaeoenvironmental interpretation of the coprolite pollen spectra.
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Badger , Holocene , Palynology , Spain , COPROLITES , Palaeoecology
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Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology
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