Late Pleistocene Rodent Dispersal in The Balkans

  • Huw I. Griffiths
  • Boris Kryštufek
  • Jane M. Reed


The paper is focused on the zoogeographical relations of Late Pleistocene mammalian faunas from the Balkans, and in particular on the issue of whether direct mammalian dispersal between Anatolia and the Balkan Peninsula across the Aegean island arcs and the Bosphorus-Dardanelles region made a significant contribution to Balkan biodiversity. The study is based on micromammals, and more precisely on rodent species from selected local faunas which date from around the penultimate glacial cycle. During this period the Recent fauna of the Balkans became essentially established and rodent taxa can be mostly referred to the extant species. The paper does not deal with fossil sites from the northernmost Balkan region (Slovenia to northern Romania).


Late Pleistocene Balkan Peninsula Fossil Site Root Vole Aegean Island 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Huw I. Griffiths
    • 1
  • Boris Kryštufek
    • 2
    • 3
  • Jane M. Reed
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of GeographyUniversity of HullUK
  2. 2.Science and Research Centre KoperUniversity of PrimorskaSlovenia
  3. 3.Slovenian Museum of Natural HistoryLjubljanaSlovenia
  4. 4.Department of GeographyUniversity of HullUK

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