The Holocene occurrence of reindeer on Franz Josef Land, Russia

  title={The Holocene occurrence of reindeer on Franz Josef Land, Russia},
  author={Steven L. Forman and David J. Lubinski and Richard R. Weihe},
  journal={The Holocene},
  pages={763 - 768}
Reindeer are absent historically on the high Arctic islands of Franz Josef Land, Russia. However, shed antlers are common on unglaciated forelands on Hooker, Scot Keltie and Alexandra Land Islands in the archipelago. Radiocarbon dating of 19 new antler remains combined with seven ages reported previously demonstrate the presence of reindeer between c. >6400 and 1300 cal. BP. Reindeer probably occupied Franz Josef Land for much of the Holocene reflecting sufficient forage associated with summer… Expand

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