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The Vallparadís section (Terrassa, Iberian Peninsula) and the latest Villafranchian faunas of Europe
Abstract The late Early to early Middle Pleistocene section from Torrent de Vallparadis is a 20 m-thick, composite section with multiple stratigraphic horizons, which have yielded close to 30,000Expand
Pleistocene Rodents from the Torrent de Vallparadís Section (Terrassa, Northeastern Spain) and Biochronological Implications
ABSTRACT In this paper, the rodents from the composite section of Torrent de Vallparadís (Terrassa, northeastern Spain) are described, with particular emphasis on the arvicolines. Due to their wideExpand
Villafranchian large mammals from the Iberian Peninsula: paleobiogeography, paleoecology and dispersal events
The Pleistocene of the Iberian Peninsula is currently a focus of intense paleontological, archaeological and geological research. To a large extent, these inquiries are intended to decipher theExpand
The earliest European badger ( Meles meles ), from the Late Villafranchian site of Fuente Nueva 3 (Orce, Granada, SE Iberian Peninsula)
Abstract Paleontological and molecular data suggest that the divergence of the European and Asian badgers (Meles meles and Meles leucurus, respectively) from their ancestor Meles thorali might haveExpand
The primate fossil record in the Iberian Peninsula
During the last decade, new discoveries in several Iberian basins, together with the description of previously unpublished finds, have significantly increased the recorded paleodiversity of fossilExpand
The Epivillafranchian and the arrival of pigs into Europe
Abstract Suids are found in Europe before and during the Olduvai magnetostratigraphic subchron, including the Fonelas P-1 site in the Guadix Basin (Andalusia, Southern Spain, ∼2.0 Ma), in which theExpand
The Taxonomic Status of European Plio-Pleistocene Badgers
It is concluded that extant European badger species must have diverged from Asian badgers before the top of the Olduvai subchron, and that M. thorali might have given rise to both the European and Asian badger lineages through a vicariance process prompted by paleoclimatic changes. Expand
The Iberian record of the puma-like cat Puma pardoides (Owen, 1846) (Carnivora, Felidae)
The fossil remains of puma-like cats from the Iberian Peninsula are described and it is concluded that P. pardoides is closely related to living pumas, which supports a likely Eurasian origin of the puma lineage. Expand
Early human dispersals into the Iberian Peninsula: a comment on Martínez et al.(2010) and Garcia et al. (2011).
It is argued below that the record of human activity at Vallparadís is doubtful and even that if confirmed, a chronological gap would remain (contra Garcia et al., 2011). Expand
Lynx remains from the Pleistocene of Valdemino cave (Savona, Northwestern Italy), and the oldest occurrence of Lynx spelaeus (Carnivora, Felidae)
The reported evidence suggests that the lynx from Valdemino represents probably the most ancient well-documented material of L. spelaeus in Europe further reinforcing the idea of progressive size reduction and acquisition of more trenchant dentition in the European lineages of lynx (L. pardinus and L. Spelaeus) during the Middle to Late Pleistocene. Expand