Mid-Holocene (4200 kyr BP) mass mortalities in Mauritius (Mascarenes): Insular vertebrates resilient to climatic extremes but vulnerable to human impact

  title={Mid-Holocene (4200 kyr BP) mass mortalities in Mauritius (Mascarenes): Insular vertebrates resilient to climatic extremes but vulnerable to human impact},
  author={Kenneth F. Rijsdijk and Jens Zinke and Perry G. B. de Louw and Julian P. Hume and Hans van der Plicht and Henry Hooghiemstra and Hanneke J. M. Meijer and Hubert B. Vonhof and Nick Porch and François Benjamin Vincent Florens and Cl{\'a}udia Baider and Bas van Geel and J A Brinkkemper and Tamara J. J. Vernimmen and Anwar Janoo},
  journal={The Holocene},
  pages={1179 - 1194}
In the light of the currently increasing drought frequency and water scarcity on oceanic islands, it is crucial for the conservation of threatened insular vertebrates to assess how they will be affected. A 4000 yr old fossil assemblage in the Mare Aux Songes (MAS), southwest Mauritius, Mascarene Islands, contains bones of 100 000+ individual vertebrates, dominated by two species of giant tortoises Cylindraspis triserrata and C. inepta, the dodo Raphus cucullatus, and 20 other vertebrate species… 

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