Marco Pavia

Marco Pavia
Università degli Studi di Torino | UNITO · Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra

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February 2005 - December 2012
Università degli Studi di Torino
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Publications (186)
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Implementing efforts to understand biogeographic distribution patterns and taxonomic limits within animal groups is crucial for addressing several challenges of modern zoology. Although avian phylogeography has been extensively investigated within the Western Palearctic, several families, such as shrikes, still display unresolved or neglected bioge...
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Several large-bodied hominin and nonhuman primates have coexisted in the Cradle of Humankind in South Africa during the Early Pleistocene. Previous paleoenvironmental studies regarding the Plio-Pleistocene of South Africa have focused heavily on mammal assemblages. Here, we conducted a comprehensive taxonomic analysis of the fossil bird remains fro...
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The topmost Argille Azzurre (beds 1-2) and the basal Sabbie di Asti (beds 3-9) formations in the Villalvernia area are analysed in terms of palaeoecological and taxonomic features; the succession is 6 m thick and dates back to the middle Piacenzian within the Globorotalia bononiensis acme. The upper boundary of the clayey Bed 2 corresponds to an un...
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We provide an updated and annotated check-list of Burkina Faso birds. This compilation takes into account our field research (2003, 2010, 2011 and 2012), museum specimens, and a thorough bibliographic search providing references to all the original records for each taxa. We clearly define criteria for acceptance in the checklist and discuss dubious...
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The Tertiary Piedmont Basin (TPB) is located in northwestern Italy and represents the western portion of a long and wide basin occupying the area that is now known as the Po Plain. Largely continuous sedimentation occurred in this basin from the early Miocene to the Pleistocene; two Pliocene marine formations are well known from this basin: Argille...
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[In order to contribute to the knowledge of the spatio-temporal progression of post-nuptial migration of birds across the Italian Alps, we present in detail the results of the analysis carried out for 69 species (4 non-Passeriformes; 65 Passeriformes) of the 191 ringed within the Progetto Alpi. Data were collected in 40 ringing stations located in...
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Baleen whales are considered underencephalized mammals due to their reduced brain size with respect to their body size (encephalization quotient [EQ] << 1). Despite their low EQ, mysticetes exhibit complex behavioral patterns in terms of motor abilities, vocal repertoire, and cultural learning. Very scarce information is available about the morphol...
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Capsule: Analysis of mitochondrial DNA from reed warblers sampled in ltaly reveals that they are most similar to the nominate race of European Reed Warbler Acrocephalus scirpaceus scirpaceus. Aim: To fill gaps in our knowledge of the distribution of European/African Reed Warblers Acrocephalus scirpaceus/baeticatus in the Mediterranean region throu...
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Implementing the effort in understanding biogeographic distribution patterns and taxonomic limits within animal groups is crucial for addressing several challenges of modern zoology. Although avian phylogeography has been deeply investigated within Western Palearctic, several families, such as shrikes, still display complicated or neglected biogeog...
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Marzanoptera tersillae gen. & sp. nov., a new balaenopterid from the Pliocene of the Piedmont in north-west Italy, is described based on a partial skeleton and compared with other living and fossil baleen whales. Marzanoptera tersillae shares characters, such as the shape of the supraoccipital, glenoid fossa of the squamosal and zygomatic process o...
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This poster is about the new and updated catalogue of the fossil cetaceans from Piedmont. There are rich fossil collections there that represent important historical and scientific heritages for Italy as a whole. Most of the taxonomy of the specimens was done in the 19th century so a new analysis is necessary. We expect a lot of new data from the r...
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The pardel lynx, Lynx pardinus, is considered one of the most threatened living felids, currently distributed in restricted areas of the Iberian Peninsula. The evolutionary history of this medium-sized felid, as well as its relationships with the Middle-Late Pleistocene “cave lynx” from Mediterranean Europe, have fuelled a decades-long debate among...
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The latest Messinian Monticino Quarry fissure fillings, near Brisighella in Italy, are well known for their diverse mammal fauna. Conversely, little is known about other vertebrates from this rich site. beside presenting an overview of the mammals, here we describe fish, amphibian, reptile, and bird remains, identifying three, eight, at least 18, a...
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The Western Palearctic endemic Dunnock Prunella modularis was recently revealed to comprise three distinct genetic lineages, each distributed in different Pleistocene refugia. Specifically, one is isolated in the Iberian refugium, another is confined to the Caucasus refugium, and the third is distributed in both the Italian and Balkan refugia, as w...
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Capsule: Analysis of mitochondrial DNA from reed warblers sampled in Italy reveals that they are most similar to the nominate race of European Reed Warbler Acrocephalus scirpaceus scirpaceus. Aim: To fill gaps in our knowledge of the distribution of European/African Reed Warblers Acrocephalus scirpaceus/baeticatus in the Mediterranean region throu...
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This poster outlines the role that can be played by natural science collections for monitoring of environmental contaminants in biota
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The pardel lynx Lynx pardinus is today restricted to small populations living in southern Iberian Peninsula. However, this endangered species was widely spread throughout Iberia until historical times and is currently the subject of intense conservation programs. Paleontological data suggest that its past geographical range was much wider, includin...
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The Western Palearctic is one of the most investigated regions for avian haemosporidian parasites (Haemoproteus, Plasmodium and Leucocytozoon), yet geographic gaps in our regional knowledge remain. Here, we report the first haemosporidian screening of the breeding birds from Sardinia (the second-largest Mediterranean Island and a biodiversity hotsp...
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Riassunto-I cetacei fossili piemontesi rappresentano un'inestimabile fonte di informazioni riguardante la tassonomia, i rapporti filogenetici e il ruolo svolto dai cetacei nei processi paleoecologici del passato. Le col-lezioni di cetacei fossili del Piemonte sono state assemblate in più di due secoli di ricerche sul territorio, dapprima casuali e...
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Riassunto-I cetacei fossili piemontesi rappresentano un'inestimabile fonte di informazioni riguardante la tassonomia, i rapporti filogenetici e il ruolo svolto dai cetacei nei processi paleoecologici del passato. Le col-lezioni di cetacei fossili del Piemonte sono state assemblate in più di due secoli di ricerche sul territorio, dapprima casuali e...
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We present a detailed paleoecologic analysis of avian assemblages from the Mousterian layers of the Middle Paleolithic Grotta del Cavallo site in southern Italy. Findings improve knowledge of the landscape that was exploited by Neanderthals. During the MIS 7, 6 and 3, the cave was surrounded by extensive grasslands and shrublands, locally intersper...
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Marzanoptera tersillae gen. & sp. nov., a new balaenopterid from the Pliocene of the Piedmont in northwest Italy, is described based on a partial skeleton and compared with other living and fossil baleen whales. Marzanoptera tersillae shares characters, such as the shape of the supraoccipital, glenoid fossa of the squamosal and zygomatic process of...
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The results of the analysis of the bird assemblage from Member 2 of the Paranthropus robustus type-locality of Kromdraai are presented here, and the data are used to infer the environmental context of the Plio-Pleistocene transition in the Cradle of Humankind. The study of more than 800 remains revealed the presence of 25 bird taxa, 2 of them descr...
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We revise the taxonomy of the Sylvia cantillans complex, a group of phenotypically distinct warblers with mainly parapatric distributions around a large part of the Mediterranean basin. We redefine the species limits using a combination of mitochondrial and nuclear markers and we objectively link available names to the genetically defined lineages...
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The discovery of an early Miocene chaeomys-ticete from the Pietra da Cantoni Group in Piedmont (north-western Italy) allowed for the establishment of Atlanticetus lavei gen. et sp. nov. The new species is represented by a partial skeleton including the periotic and tympanic bullae and has an anatomical resemblance to Atlanticetus patulus (comb. nov...
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Few studies have quantified the extent of genetic differentiation within widely distributed polytypic African bird species with disjunct ranges. Current knowledge indicates that high levels of genetic differentiation are found for such lineages but generalisation of the pattern requires further comparisons with other co‐distributed taxa. We assesse...
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The natural endocast MGPT‐PU 13873 is described and analyzed in order to interpret its taxonomic affinities and its potential significance on our understanding of cetacean brain evolution. The endocast is from the early Miocene of Piedmont (between c. 19 and 16 million years ago), Northwestern Italy, and shows a number of plesiomorphic characters....
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The Little Owl is a species with a wide range in the Palearctic. Thirteen subspecies have been described based on small coloration or size differences. Recently, genetic studies in the western portion of the European range have shown the presence of some well distinct clades. We examined the variation in structural size and coloration of Western Pa...
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Citation: Movalli, P., Ramello, G., Sbokos, J., Dekker, R., Vrezec, A., Shore, R.F., García-Fernández, A.J., Wernham, C., Krone, O., Alygizakis, N., Aradis, A., Badry, A., Barbagli, F., Berry, P., Biesmeijer, K., Boano, G., Bond, A.L., Choresh, Y., Kristensen, J.B., Cincinelli, A., Danielsson, S., Dias, A., Dietz, R., Eens, M., Espín, S., Eulaers,...
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[The Rock Dove (Columba livia) is a polytypic species originally confined to coastal and inland cliffs of western Palaearctic and northern Ethiopian regions and to those of Indian subcontinent. The present distribution is confused by extensions of range through hybridization with feral stock, which have determined its diffusion in geographical area...
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In this work we describe a partial cranium of a suid (Cetartiodactyla, Suidae) from the Messinian post-evaporitic deposits (5.55–5.40 Ma) of Verduno (Piedmont, NW Italy). The splanchnocranium from Verduno preserves almost complete upper tooth rows. The specimen is characterized by a relatively small size, wide snout, weak development of upper canin...
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The Common Chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita is an abundant, polytypic Palearctic bird. Validity of some of its subspecies is controversial and birds from some parts of the species range remain unclassified taxonomically. The relationships among populations from different geographic areas have not been sufficiently explored with molecular data. In...
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Phylogenetic relationships of mtDNA CytB haplotypes. Bayesian tree representing relationships among CytB clades of Common Chiffchaffs and other chiffchaff species. GenBank accession numbers and inferred subspecies assignment are listed on the right. Numbers next to branches indicate their posterior probability values. (PDF)
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All sampled individuals used in this study with GenBank accession numbers. (XLSX)
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Bats species richness (Mammalia Chiroptera) in Neotropical localities is generally higher than that of any other group of mammals. Surveys of local bat assemblages may provide useful data for conservation management plans. This paper presents bat records based on a chiropterological collection obtained during a preliminary multi-taxa survey (ECOMUS...
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The Slender-billed Curlew (Numenius tenuirostris) is a very rare Palaearctic Scolopacidae, classified Critically Endangered by the IUCN, with the last accepted record in 2001. In the museum collections, it is commonly preserved with mounted specimens and study skins, but only two skeletons have been reported in the world. Here we present the re-pre...
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Hewitt's paradigm for effects of Pleistocene glaciations on European populations assumes their isolation in peninsular refugia during glacial maxima, followed by re-colonization of broader Europe during interstadials. This paradigm is well supported by studies of poorly dispersing taxa, but highly dispersive birds have not been included. To test th...
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The taxonomic and taphonomic analysis of the bird fossil remains from Buso Doppio del Broion Cave (Vicenza), located in the Berici Hills in NorthEastern Italy, are presented herein. The investigated deposits are referred to the end of MIS 3 and the boundary with MIS 2, in a phase of climate harshening. At least 44 species have been identified in th...
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We present he results of ringing activities carried on by ringers of GPSO (Gruppo Piemontese Studi Ornitologici) in Piedmont and Aosta Valley between 1974 and 2016. 74 ringers and even more collaborators have undertaken 41180 person-days of ringing activities over 43 years. This involved 1080 ringing stations distributed in all districts of the two...
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We present he results of ringing activities carried on by ringers of GPSO (Gruppo Piemontese Studi Ornitologici) in Piedmont and Aosta Valley between 1974 and 2016. 74 ringers and even more collaborators have undertaken 41180 person-days of ringing activities over 43 years. This involved 1080 ringing stations distributed in all districts of the two...
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We present the fossil bird assemblage from the Middle Pleistocene deposits of Cava di Breccia di Casal Selce, which is one of the many fossil localities in the Ponte Galeria area (Roma, Italy). The fossil avian assemblage here described also represent one of the oldest Italian Pleistocene ones well described and highly differentiated. We detected t...
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The biogeographical history of Afro-tropical lowland forests during the Plio-Pleistocene is characterized by pervasive fragmentation-coalescence cycling due to global climatic oscillations. Vicariance scenarios driven by forest fragmentation have long been hypothesized as major mechanisms for the creation and maintenance of Afro-tropical avian dive...
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A precise knowledge on biodiversity in tropical developing countries is pivotal to address proper conservation guidelines and policies, especially when natural habitats are strongly jeopardized by land use changes due to agriculture or industrial issues. In West Africa, Burkina Faso is a typical example of this emerging trend, and its natural or se...
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Mulhuli-Amo is an early Pleistocene locality of the Buia area in the Dandiero Basin (Danakil Depression, Eritrea) already known for the presence of Homo remains and stone tools. Recent surface surveys lead to the retrieval of a rich vertebrate fauna that is here described for the first time in order to contribute to the palaeoenvironmental backgrou...
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Stato della banca dati del 'Gruppo inanellatori piemontesi e valdostani' e presentazione della monografia 'L'attività di inanellamento a scopo scientifico in Piemonte e Valle d'Aosta: anni 1974-2016'.
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L'avifauna fossile di due siti gravettiani in Italia Nord-Orientale: nuovi dati su paleoambiente, paleoclima e sfruttamento antropico al passaggio MIS3/MIS2 Fossil avifauna from two Gravettian sites in NorthEastern Italy: new data on palaeoenvironment, palaeoclimate and human exploitation at the transition MIS3/MIS2 In questo contributo viene prese...
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The avian fossil assemblages from the late Pleistocene deposits of the Rio Secco Cave (north-eastern Italy) is presented herein. We studied the layers that date back to the end of MIS3 and the beginning of MIS2, which also contain evidence of Gravettian frequentation dated to 33.5-30. ka cal BP. The systematic analysis revealed the presence of 18 s...
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Il GPSO partecipa dal 2007 al Progetto Alpi, un progetto coordinato dal MUSE di Trento e dal Centro Nazionale di Inanellamento dell’ISPRA come programma di ricerca per migliorare la conoscenza della migrazione postriproduttiva all’interno del settore italiano della Catena Alpina mediante l’inanellamento a scopo scientifico (Pedrini et al. 2008, 201...
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Il GPSO partecipa dal 2007 al Progetto Alpi, un progetto coordinato dal MUSE di Trento e dal Centro Nazionale di Inanellamento dell’ISPRA come programma di ricerca per migliorare la conoscenza della migrazione postriproduttiva all’interno del settore italiano della Catena Alpina mediante l’inanellamento a scopo scientifico (Pedrini et al. 2008, 201...
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Capsule: Common Swift Apus apus and Pallid Swift Apus Pallidus are morphologically very similar but are genetically distinct and diverged 1.9–2.1 million years ago (mya). Aims: To examine genetic differentiation and to estimate separation time between Common and Pallid Swifts. Methods: Estimation of differences in three different mitochondrial DNA...
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We document the presence of the bald ibis genus Geronticus Wagler, 1832 (Aves: Threskiornithidae) from the mid-Pliocene (ca. 3–3.5 Ma) of South Africa based on an incomplete skull from the Bolt’s Farm Cave System (Cradle of Humankind, Gauteng, South Africa). The fossil cranium is distinct on morphometric and structural grounds from Geronticus apele...
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In this report, we present selected records of the ornithological observations collected in 2015 by GPSO in the Piemonte and Valle d'Aosta regions. Among the most notable are: Cygnus columbianus, Microcarbo pygmeus, Elanus caeruleus, Aegypius monachus, Falco biarmicus, Panurus biarmicus, Phylloscopus inornatus, Anthus richardi, Carpodacus erythrinu...
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In this report, we present selected records of the ornithological observations collected in 2014 by GPSO in the Piemonte and Valle d'Aosta regions. Among the most notable are: Gavia immer, Microcarbo pygmeus, Neophron percnopterus, Aegypius monachus, Haliaeetus albicilla, Phalaropus lobatus, Merops persicus, Falco biarmicus, Panurus biarmicus, Acro...