Antonio Sánchez Marco

Antonio Sánchez Marco
Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont | ICP · Area Neogene and Quaternary Faunas

PhD Paleontology

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Only three monospecific genera of extant accipitrids – Gypaetus, Neophron and Gypohierax – have been grouped into the Gypaetinae vultures, which currently presents an Eurasian and African geographic distribution. The fossil record of these genera is meagre and not older than the Pleistocene of both landmasses. A surprising Old World vulture radiati...
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Els Casots is one of the richest fossil vertebrate sites of the Vallès-Penedès Basin (Catalonia, Spain). It was discovered in 1989 and excavated briefly during the 1990s, resulting in the recovery of thousands of remains and the erection of several new mammal species. Excavations were resumed in 2018 and continue to date. Here we provide updated re...
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El yacimiento de Galería es uno los rellenos cársticos pleistocenos situados en la Trinchera del Ferrocarril de la Sierra de Atapuerca. El relleno sedimentario se divide en seis unidades estratigráficas (GI a GVI). La base de la sucesión estratigráfica corresponde al Pleistoceno Inferior y es estéril. Las unidades fosilíferas con evidencias de ocup...
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Lateral Gallery 1 (GL1) in Cova del Gegant is a Middle Palaeolithic assemblage yielding diagnostic Neanderthal remains, together with Mousterian tools and faunal remains. It is a good archive for evaluating the environmental conditions of the coastal areas during MIS 4 and MIS 3 in the NE of the Iberian Peninsula, and also the Neanderthals’ behavio...
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Now a long time ago, avian remains from the Vallès-Penedès Basin and from other Miocene localities inaugurated the study of the Neogene birds from Spain. After so much time, it is suitable to review them. Fossils unknown so far of the same or close taxa from the rest of the Iberian Peninsula are also presented in this paper. The majority of species...
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El primer documento publicado donde se da cuenta de un hallazgo de restos fósiles de aves en España es obra de E. Harlé. La identificaci6n de estos fósiles, hallados en la Bora Gran, se debió a A. Milne-Edwards, naturalista y fundador de los estudios paleornitológicos. Un artículo de M. de Olavarría fechado en 1898, acerca del hallazgo de un huevo...
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Evidence is accumulating on the regular and systematic Neanderthal exploitation of birds. However, the motivations, mechanisms, and circumstances underlying this behavior remains little explored despite their potential implications on Neanderthal ecology and capabilities. Fossil remains of choughs ( Pyrrhocorax , Corvidae) are among the most abunda...
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El propósito esencial de la obra es descubrir y analizar los primeros pasos de la ornitología en América, en particular en la Nueva España, que fue parte de los territorios que hoy constituyen México. Es un libro bien escrito, de lenguaje claro y preciso; y esto se agradece especialmente en capítulos como aquel en el que repasa brevemente y con aci...
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For decades, taphonomists have dedicated their efforts to assessing the nature of the massive leporid accumulations recovered at archaeological sites in the northwestern Mediterranean region. Their interest lying in the fact that the European rabbit constituted a critical part of human subsistence during the late Pleistocene and early Holocene. How...
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Fossiliferous bioclastic calcarenites of fluvial-aeolian origin were deposited between 4.3 ± 0.7 Ma and 3.78 ± 0.71 Ma in Lanzarote, Canary Archipelago. Climate was characterized by warm and steppic conditions. The fossil assemblage contains land snail shells that recrystallized into calcite as revealed by Raman spectroscopy. Carbon and oxygen isot...
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An international team began initial excavations in Ardales Cave (Ardales, Málaga) and in Sima de las Palomas (Teba, Málaga) within the framework of a General Research Project authorized by the Junta of Andalusia. Ardales Cave is a site well known for the importance of its Palaeolithic rock art. In this new project, excavations were carried out in z...
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The presence of fast-moving small game in the Paleolithic archaeological faunal record has long been considered a key variable to assess fundamental aspects of human behavior and subsistence. Birds occupy a prominent place in this debate not only due to their small size and to the difficulties in capturing them (essentially due to their ability to...
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This is a brief study on paleoenvironmental and paleoclimatic indicators provided by Iberian bird remains present in Pleistocene sedimentary deposits and is based on data resulting from published studies on Pleistocene sites with birds.
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This study presents the results of the archaeological investigation in Benzú Cave, located on the North African shore of the Strait of Gibraltar. The archaeological deposits, approximately 1 m deep, belong to two occupational levels dated to the Neolithic and the Bronze Age. A wide range of artifacts was found, and this led to an interdisciplinary...
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Las Higueruelas outcrop (Ciudad Real province, Spain) has yielded a collection of avian fossils of more than twenty species, with a new paleospecies of quail not yet described, and that it is currently being studied. These remains are associated to a rich fauna of mammals, amphibians, reptiles and fishes of the Villafranchian, MN 16 biozone. The la...
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The northern Mediterranean region have been subject of paleontological research for a long time. The avian record from this region, despite of its incompleteness, is accurate enough to support certain inquiries into the paleoenvironmental changes that occurred during the Pleistocene. We account on a fair number of works on climate and environmental...
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Las aves que han vivido en el pasado en la Península Ibérica han dejado un rastro fósil muy discontínuo en el tiempo, y lo mismo se puede afirmar para los archipiélagos canario y balear. Las Hoyas es uno de los pocos yacimientos del cretácico en el mundo en los que se encuentran enantiornitas. El Paleógeno ibérico es en cuanto a las aves un lapso c...
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Marine isotope stage 3 (MIS 3) was characterised by marked oscillations of extreme cold episodes with very short warm events during the stadial, and several regional differences have been recorded in the ice cores and marine deposits. The aim of this study is to reconstruct this period by evaluating both terrestrial and regional responses. Cova del...
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An ecological perspective is essential to our understanding of variations in the faunal communities and their relationships with human groups, as well as the foraging strategies that hominids practised in Pleistocene environments. Using the Middle Palaeolithic avifauna, the ecological quality of the Strait of Gibraltar shows a complex scenario in w...
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Israel is part of a corridor connecting Africa and Euro-Asia that has also been a major migratory route of birds throughout the Quaternary. Very few Middle Pleistocene sites have a large enough record of avian species to provide a taxonomic composition of ornithic paleocommunities to explain their geographic distribution and the human uses of birds...
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Oxygen and carbon isotope compositions of fossil bird eggshell calcite (δ18Ocalc and δ13Ccalc) are regularly used to reconstruct paleoenvironmental conditions. However, the interpretation of δ18Ocalc values of fossil eggshells has been limited to qualitative variations in local climatic conditions as oxygen isotope fractionations between calcite, b...
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The Famara massif, in the north of Lanzarote Island, constitutes the remains of a former island inhabited by the oldest known vertebrate fauna of the Canary archipelago off the coast of Africa. In this study, new ages are offered for the underlying and overlying basaltic lava flows of two paleontological sites. The island’s three major palaeontolog...
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We compare the Middle Palaeolithic sites of Gibraltar and Zafarraya in southern Iberia. We use birds as indicators of environmental quality and demonstrate huge differences between coastal and inland, mountain, sites separated by less than 150 km. We conclude that the Gibraltar sites represented locations of repeated occupation by Neanderthals over...
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The results of analyses of wild animals in various funerary structures from Sector II of Can Roqueta (Early-Middle Bronze Age) in Catalonia arepresented in this article. In general, animal deposits in a funerary context provide an approach to the study of ritual activity and beliefs, especiallyin agro-pastoral communities where domestic animals are...
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Abstract The Cova del Rinoceront, a site in NE Iberia, contains a thick sedimentary fill preserving a faunal archive from the penultimate glacial and the the last interglacial periods. Layers I to III have been dated to between 74 and 147 ka, coinciding with MIS 5a to 5e, a period poorly represented in the Mediterranean terrestrial record. The resu...
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Taxonomic study of Quaternary mammal remains from the Qalehjough fossil site, eastern Iran, has resulted in the identification of two mammal orders, Artiodactyla and Perissodactyla, with four families and six taxa. Of particular note was the recovery of Stephanorhinus and a caballoid horse. These remains have provided the first opportunity to exami...
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Feral Pigeons have colonised all corners of the Earth, having developed a close association with humans and their activities. The wild ancestor of the Feral Pigeon, the Rock Dove, is a species of rocky habitats, nesting typically on cliff ledges and at the entrance to large caves. This habit would have brought them into close contact with cave-dwel...
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The granivorous house sparrow Passer domesticus is thought to have developed its commensal relationship with humans with the rise of agriculture in the Middle East some 10,000 years ago, and to have expanded with the spread of agriculture in Eurasia during the last few thousand years. One subspecies, P. d. bactrianus, residing in Central Asia, has...
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The present work provides an overall interpretation of the La Peña de Estebanvela site, on the framework of the Magdalenian in central Spain. Studies of the geoarchaeological, chronostratigraphic, taxonomic, zooarchaeological, taphonomic, anthracological and phytological records allow the chronology of the site’s occupations to be determined. Somet...
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The hypothesis that Neanderthals exploited birds for the use of their feathers or claws as personal ornaments in symbolic behaviour is revolutionary as it assigns unprecedented cognitive abilities to these hominins. This inference, however, is based on modest faunal samples and thus may not represent a regular or systematic behaviour. Here we addre...
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Database of Pleistocene Palearctic sites based on fossil bird sites catalogued by Tyrberg [Nuttal Ornithol. Club, Cambridge, Mass., 27, 1998/ http:/web.telia.com/-u11502098/pleistocene.html, 2008]. This database includes all raptor and corvid species as well as corresponding archaeological and paleontological attribution. (XLS)
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NISP by skeletal element and taxa from Gibraltar sites. (DOC)
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Number of bird bones from the Gibraltar sites with cut-marks. (DOC)
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Radiocarbon and ESR dates for the Gibraltar cave sites which show evidence of bird processing by Neanderthals. (DOC)
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Correlation ( r Pearson ) between maximum bone density of several skeletal elements and main represented species ( Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax) at Gorham's Cave according to Minimal Number of Elements (MNE). (DOC)
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Taxonomical representation in Palaeolithic sites (Middle and Upper) compared to paleontological sites, tested by chi-square. Note species names follow sequence of first three letters of genus and species names -Refer to Table 1 and Table S1-. Fox example, PERAPI is Pernis Apivorus. (XLS)
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Analysis of colour of remiges among raptors and corvids in Palaeolithic and paleontological sites across the Palearctic. (DOC)
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Current or historic use of feathers by Modern Humans (including modern western civilization and tribal peoples). Data from Ferraro-Dorta S, Xavier Cury M (2000) A plumária indígena brasileira no Museu de Arqueologia e Etnologia da USP. Brazil: Imprensa Oficial SP. 535 p. and Biebuyck DP, Van den Abbeele N (1984) The power of Headdresses: a cross-cu...
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Statistical Analysis of the skeletal representation from the Gibraltar bird remains and of cut-marked bones. 1) Wing versus leg and axial skeleton bones; 2) individual wing and leg bones and; 3) cut-marks on wing and leg bones. (DOC)
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Birds are very scarce in Palaeolithic rock art. Since 1907 figures of razorbill and raptors (probably vulture) have been described at the end of the Pendo cave, both attributed to an Upper Palaeolithic origin (from Aurignacian to Lower Magdalenian, depending on the authors). The new revision of the group of engravings shows the presence of an unamb...
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Renewed excavations at FLK Zinj and its surrounding landscape have yielded valuable information regarding its paleoecological situation and the prehistoric behavioral function of the site. The density of materials at the main cluster of the site excavated by Leakey contrasts with the bone and lithic scatters surrounding the site. The location of FL...
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A collection of cut marks on Red-legged Partridge (Alectoris rufa) bones from the Magdalenian site of Tossal de la Roca (Spanish Levant region) is presented. The functional study undertaken aimed at revealing the purpose with which these cut marks were made. The analyses revealed which particular muscles of the avian body were affected by each cut....
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Taxonomic identification of six new fossil bird bones from the Middle Pleistocene site at Ambrona is presented along with a complete and revised list of the bird remains from the contemporary sites of Torralba and Ambrona. Given the species present, a reconstruction of the regional paleoecology is proposed.
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Se han identificado huesos fósiles de 16 yacimientos. Estas localidades pertenecen a tres islas y a un islote. Se reconsideran datos anteriores. Las nuevas identificaciones taxonómicas amplían el número de especies conocidas en el pasado y el conocimiento de sus distribuciones geográficas. En las mismas islas, los fenómenos de diversificación filog...
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The systematics of Galliformes for the period from Pliocene to early Pleistocene is complex, and little progress has been made toward understanding the relationships among the different groups within it. One step has to be to purge taxonomic mistakes progressively accumulated in a systematics clearly inflated with synonymous nominations. But succes...
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The impact of late Upper Pleistocene climate change in the western Mediterranean region has been mainly documented through marine records. Archaeological and geomorphological continental records now available for the coast of Málaga complement these records for the second part of the last major glacial episode and the early stages of the Holocene....
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The Cerro de los Batallones (Los Batallones Butte) is located in the central-northern area of the Madrid Basin, central Spain. Nine vertebrates localities containing a large variety of mammals of Upper Vallesian Age (Late Miocene) have been found associated with the sediments forming the butte. From bottom to top, these sediments consist of magnesi...
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The occurrence of two genus of phasianids in some Miocene localities of Spain are reported. The fossil remains from two of the outcrops, Can Mas and Hostalets, were studied long time ago, and it seemed suitable to reconsider their corresponding taxonomical identifications. Este trabajo trata sobre la aparición de dos géneros de Phasianidae en loca...
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The late survival of archaic hominin populations and their long contemporaneity with modern humans is now clear for southeast Asia. In Europe the extinction of the Neanderthals, firmly associated with Mousterian technology, has received much attention, and evidence of their survival after 35 kyr bp has recently been put in doubt. Here we present da...
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Aims: The main aim was to present an overview of the avian geographical distribution patterns in the Mediterranean region during the Quaternary. Results and Conclusions: For this study seventy-two fossil sites located in the current Mediterranean region and in its peripheral fringe have been analysed. Most of the sites bear avian assemblages rich e...
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The paleontological sites of Toril 3A and B (Upper Aragonian, Biozone G3, MN 7/8) posses an exceptional and abundant fauna of vertebrates. From 1997 until 2001 these two localities have been object of systematic paleontological excavations. Up to now 36 species of large and small mammals have been found in these localities; the association of verte...
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The Cerro de 10s Batallones (Los Batallones Butte) is located in the central-northern area of the Madrid Basin, central Spain. Six vertebrate localities containing a large variety of mammals together with amphibians, fishes and plant remains of Upper Vallesian Age (Late Miocene) have been found associated with the sediments forming the butte. From...
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A skull belonging to the Alcidae was discovered on the coast of the Murcia province (southeast of Spain). The outcrop, El Alamillo (Mazarron), is located in a building area. The marine facies is composed of marls and sands and is referred to the Pliocene (LAROUZIERE 1985).
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: El registro paleontológico y arqueológico de los yacimientos de la Trinchera del Ferrocarril representa periodos clave en la evolución biológica y cultural de Homo y en la historia faunística, ambiental y climática de Europa. La parte inferior de la secuencia de Sima del Elefante (TE8-14) tiene una antigüedad proximo a 1 millón de años, y ha prop...
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Se da cuenta de la aparición de restos de la pardela fósil Puffinus holeae junto con Calonectris diomedea en la isla de Fuerteventura. La primera especie fue descrita originalmente a partir de fósiles recogidos en esta misma isla, en particular en la península de Jandía. Precisamente, los nuevos hallazgos han tenido lugar en el complejo dunar de es...
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‘Sima del Elefante’: A New Pleistocene Site at the Sierra de Atapuerca (Spain). We present preliminary results of the study of a new Pleistocene site at the Atapuerca Hill, known as the ‘Sima del Elefante’. This is a cave deposit more than 21 m thick of sedimentary sequence that has been divided into 21 litostratigraphic units, grouped in three sed...
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The Quaternary karstic site of Sierra de Quibas (Abanilla, province of Murcia, Spain) has provided a wide faunal list with more than 60 species. The assemblage of the taxa Arvicola deucalion, Castillomys rivas rivas, Eliomys intermedius, Equus altidens, Capra sp. aff. C. alba and cf. Praeovibos allows the correlation with other Spanish Lower Pleist...
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The Quaternary karstic site of Sierra de Quibas (Abanilla, province of Murcia, Spain) has provided a wide faunal list with more than 60 species. The assemblage of the taxa Arvicola deucalion, Castillomys rivas rivas, Eliomys intermedius, Equus altidens, Capra sp. aff. C. alba and cf. Praeovibos allows the correlation with other Spanish Lower Pleist...
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Se han encontrado restos de varias especies de aves en el yacimiento conocido como Cubío Redondo, cavidad kárstica con evidencias de uso e industrias de cronología mesolítica. Las aves son : lechuza común, ratonero, urraca, chova piquigualda y, quizá, otros córvidos. No hay evidencias de interacción con los humanos que habitaron la oquedad. Se apun...