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Acta Palaeontologica Polonica     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Alcheringa: An Australasian Journal of Palaeontology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Ameghiniana     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Annales de Paléontologie     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 7)
Annals of Carnegie Museum     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Boreas: An International Journal of Quaternary Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12)
Comptes Rendus Palevol     Full-text available via subscription  
European Journal of Protistology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
EvoDevo     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Facies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
Fossil Record     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Geobios     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
Historical Biology: An International Journal of Paleobiology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Ichnos: An International Journal for Plant and Animal Traces     Hybrid Journal  
International Journal of Speleology     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Journal of Paleolimnology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Journal of Paleontology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
Journal of Quaternary Science     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 32)
Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 12)
Marine Micropaleontology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Micropaleontology     Full-text available via subscription  
Neues Jahrbuch für Geologie und Paläontologie - Abhandlungen     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Novitates Paleoentomologicae     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Open Quaternary     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
Palaeontology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 18)
Palaeoworld     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
PALAIOS     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Paläontologische Zeitschrift     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Paleobiology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
PaleoBios     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Paleontological Journal     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
Paleontological Research     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Palynology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Papers in Palaeontology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Quaternaire     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Quaternary Research     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 20)
Quaternary Science Reviews     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 25)
Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Revue de Micropaleontologie     Full-text available via subscription  
Rivista Italiana di Paleontologia e Stratigrafia (Research In Paleontology and Stratigraphy)     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Spanish Journal of Palaeontology     Open Access  
Swiss Journal of Palaeontology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Vertebrate Anatomy Morphology Palaeontology     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Zitteliana     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
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Quaternary Research
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ISSN (Print) 0033-5894 - ISSN (Online) 1096-0287
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  • QUA volume 100 Cover and Front matter
    • PubDate: 2021-03-01T00:00:00.000Z
      DOI: 10.1017/qua.2021.20
      Issue No: Vol. 100 (2021)
  • QUA volume 100 Cover and Back matter
    • PubDate: 2021-03-01T00:00:00.000Z
      DOI: 10.1017/qua.2021.21
      Issue No: Vol. 100 (2021)
  • Geomorphological record and equilibrium line altitude of glaciers during
           the last glacial maximum in the Rodna Mountains (eastern Carpathians)
    • Authors: Piotr Kłapyta; Marcel Mîndrescu, Jerzy Zasadni
      Pages: 1 - 20
      Abstract: In the eastern Carpathians the legacy of glaciation is preserved in several isolated mountain massifs. This paper presents new mapping results of glaciated valley land systems in the Rodna Mountains, the highest part of the eastern Carpathians (2303 m above seal level). In most of the glacial valleys, the maximal Pleistocene extent is marked by freshly shaped moraines, which are referred in this study as the Pietroasa glacial stage and regarded as the last glacial maximum (LGM) advance. Only in three valleys do older Şesura glacial stage moraines (pre-LGM, likely Marine Oxygen Isotope Stage 6) occur. On the basis of the geomorphological record, we reconstruct the extent, surface geometry, and equilibrium line altitude (ELA) of Pietroasa-stage glaciers. The local ELA pattern of north-exposed glaciers in the Rodna Mountains shows a rising trend towards the southeast, which suggests dominant snow-bearing winds and orographically induced precipitation from the west. This finding fits well with the dominant palaeo-wind direction inferred from other Carpathian proxies and confirms the dominance of zonal circulation pattern during the global LGM in central eastern Europe.
      PubDate: 2021-03-01T00:00:00.000Z
      DOI: 10.1017/qua.2020.90
      Issue No: Vol. 100 (2021)
  • Ancient Egyptian mummified shrews (Mammalia: Eulipotyphla: Soricidae) and
           mice (Rodentia: Muridae) from the Spanish Mission to Dra Abu el-Naga, and
           their implications for environmental change in the Nile valley during the
           past two millennia
    • Authors: Neal Woodman; Salima Ikram
      Pages: 21 - 31
      Abstract: Excavation of Ptolemaic Period (ca. 309–30 BC) strata within Theban Tombs 11, 12, -399-, and UE194A by the Spanish Mission to Dra Abu el-Naga (also known as the Djehuty Project), on the west bank of the Nile River opposite Luxor, Egypt, yielded remains of at least 175 individual small mammals that include four species of shrews (Eulipotypha: Soricidae) and two species of rodents (Rodentia: Muridae). Two of the shrews (Crocidura fulvastra and Crocidura pasha) no longer occur in Egypt, and one species (Crocidura olivieri) is known in the country only from a disjunct population inhabiting the Nile delta and the Fayum. Although deposited in the tombs by humans as part of religious ceremonies, these animals probably derived originally from local wild populations. The coexistence of this diverse array of shrew species as part of the mammal community near Luxor indicates greater availability of moist floodplain habitats than occur there at present. These were probably made possible by a greater flow of the Nile, as indicated by geomorphological and palynological evidence. The mammal fauna recovered by the Spanish Mission provides a unique snapshot of the native Ptolemaic community during this time period, and it permits us to gauge community turnover in the Nile valley of Upper Egypt during the last 2000 years. It also serves as a relevant example for understanding the extinction and extirpation of mammal species as effects of future environmental changes predicted by current climatic models.
      PubDate: 2021-03-01T00:00:00.000Z
      DOI: 10.1017/qua.2020.89
      Issue No: Vol. 100 (2021)
  • Historical and prehistorical water levels of Mormon Lake, Arizona as a
           measure of climate change on the southwest Colorado Plateau, USA
    • Authors: Richard Hereford; Lee Amoroso
      Pages: 32 - 51
      Abstract: Mormon Lake, elevation 2166 m with maximum historic surface area of 31.4 km2, lies in a forested endorheic basin covering 103 km2. It is the largest unaltered freshwater body on the 337,000 km2 Colorado Plateau. Prehistorical (before AD 1878) highstands were ca. 9 and 24 m relative to depocenter datum. These levels likely occurred during four multidecadal episodes of cool, wet conditions between ca. 3.55 and 0.20 ka BP. Maximum historical levels (early 1900s) were up to 7.9 m, whereas modern (post-1941) levels were frequently zero or relatively low. Historical climate records indicate reconstructed lake levels correlate directly with annual precipitation and inversely with temperature. Early highstands were associated with above average precipitation and the lowest temperatures of the 116 yr record. The lake receded after 1941; thereafter, frequent drying and low-water levels resulted from recurrent drought and steadily increasing temperatures. Consequently, a wet episode from the 1970s to the 1990s had precipitation like the early 1900s, but highstands were only ca. 3.8 m. The historical lake-level chronology is consistent with changes of hydrologic balance predicted by climate models, that is, reduced effective precipitation (precipitation minus evaporation). These changes, particularly aridification, apparently began in the 1970s or earlier. Global oceanic and atmospheric climate modulate lake levels and regional hydroclimate.
      PubDate: 2021-03-01T00:00:00.000Z
      DOI: 10.1017/qua.2020.92
      Issue No: Vol. 100 (2021)
  • Collapse of Holocene mangrove ecosystems along the coastline of Oman
    • Authors: Valeska Decker; Michaela Falkenroth, Susanne Lindauer, Jessica Landgraf, Zahra Al-Lawati, Huda Al-Rahbi, Sven Oliver Franz, Gösta Hoffmann
      Pages: 52 - 76
      Abstract: Sedimentological, geochemical, and paleontological investigations of the coastline of northeastern Oman have provided the authors with an in-depth insight into Holocene sea levels and climate conditions. The spatial distribution and species assemblage of mangrove ecosystems are analyzed. These ecosystems are sensitive to changes in sea level and precipitation and thus reflect ecological conditions. The close proximity to archaeological sites allows us to draw conclusions regarding human interaction with the mangrove ecosystems. Our interdisciplinary inquiry reveals that the mangrove ecosystems along the east coast of Oman collapsed ~6000 cal yr BP on a decadal scale. There is no sedimentological evidence for a mid-Holocene sea-level highstand. The ecosystem collapse was not caused by sea-level variation or anthropogenic interferences; rather, it was the consequence of reduced precipitation values related to a southward shift of the Intertropical Convergence Zone. This resulted in a decrease of freshwater input and an increase in soil salinity. Further, the aridification of the area caused increased deflation and silting up of the lagoons.
      PubDate: 2021-03-01T00:00:00.000Z
      DOI: 10.1017/qua.2020.96
      Issue No: Vol. 100 (2021)
  • Modern and Holocene microbial mats and associated microbially induced
           sedimentary structures (MISS) on the southeastern coast of Tunisia
           (Mediterranean Sea)
    • Authors: Rached Lakhdar; Mohamed Soussi, Rachida Talbi
      Pages: 77 - 97
      Abstract: On the southeastern Tunisian coastline, very diverse living microbial mats colonize the lower supratidal and intertidal zones, and locally may extend into the upper infratidal zone. The interaction between the benthic cyanobacteria and their siliciclastic substratum leads to the development of several types of microbially induced sedimentary structures (MISS). The mapping of the microbial mats has allowed the identification of the types of MISS that characterize the different segments of the coastal environment. The modern microbial mats have been compared with those recorded at the top of the Holocene deposits, which are composed of biodegraded microbial black mats alternating with white laminae made of clastic and evaporitic sediments, indicative of very high frequency cycles of flood and drought. A hypothetic profile showing their occurrences along the different areas bordering the coastline is proposed as a guide for the reconstruction of the ancient depositional environment. The roles of tidal dynamics, storms, and climate in controlling their genesis and spatial distribution, are discussed and highlighted. The modern MISS of southeastern Tunisia are compared with their equivalents that are well documented through the different geological eras.
      PubDate: 2021-03-01T00:00:00.000Z
      DOI: 10.1017/qua.2020.91
      Issue No: Vol. 100 (2021)
  • Causes and implications of Mid- to Late Holocene relative sea-level change
           in the Gulf of Kachchh, western India
    • Authors: Shubhra Sharma; Gaurav Chauhan, Anil Dutt Shukla, Romi Nambiar, Ravi Bhushan, Bhawanisingh G. Desai, Shilpa Pandey, Madhavi Dabhi, Subhash Bhandari, Suraj Bhosale, Abhishek Lakhote, Navin Juyal
      Pages: 98 - 121
      Abstract: The relict intertidal deposits from the Kharod River Estuary, Gulf of Kachchh, and the distal end of Kori Creek are used to infer the Mid- to Late Holocene relative sea-level (RSL) change in western India. Employing sedimentology, geochemistry, palynology, ichnology, and optical and radiocarbon dating, the study suggests the dominance of fluvial activity between 16.5 ± 1.6 and 9.9 ± 0.7 ka. After ~7 ka (7.3 ± 0.4, 6.8 ± 0.5 ka), the sea level showed a positive tendency until 4.7 ± 0.2 ka. The tectonically corrected Mid-Holocene RSL change is estimated as 1.45 ± 0.33 m between ~7 and ~5 ka. The study suggests that the Mid-Holocene RSL high was due to the meltwater contribution from the Himalayan cryosphere, with subordinate contribution from glacio-isostatic adjustment and crustal subsidence. The Late Holocene tectonically corrected RSL change at ~1 ka (1.1 ± 0.1 ka and 1045 ± 175 cal yr BP) is estimated as 0.53 ± 0.43 m. This is ascribed to monsoon wind-driven tidal ingression that might have affected the tidal amplitude positively. The study suggests that the Mid-Holocene RSL change did not play a deterministic role in the abandonment of the Harappan coastal settlements.
      PubDate: 2021-03-01T00:00:00.000Z
      DOI: 10.1017/qua.2020.86
      Issue No: Vol. 100 (2021)
  • Moisture evolution in North Xinjiang (northwest China) during the last
           8000 years linked to the westerlies’ winter half-year precipitation
    • Authors: Xiaonan Zhang; Aifeng Zhou, Zhendong Huang, Chengbang An, Yongtao Zhao, Liying Yin, James M. Russell
      Pages: 122 - 134
      Abstract: Winter half-year precipitation dominates variations in hydroclimatic conditions in North Xinjiang, but few researchers have focused on this very important aspect of the Holocene climate. Here we report multiproxy evidence of Holocene hydroclimate changes from the sediments of Wulungu Lake in North Xinjiang. The site is a closed terminal lake fed mainly by meltwater from snow and ice, and today the area is climatically dominated by the westerlies. Grain-size end-member analysis implies an important mode of variation that indicates a gradually increasing moisture trend, with superimposed centennial-scale variations, since 8000 cal yr BP. From 8000 to 5350 cal yr BP, a permanent lake developed, and the lake level gradually rose. Between 5350 and 500 cal yr BP, the moisture status increased rapidly, with the wettest climate occurring between 3200 and 500 cal yr BP. After 500 cal yr BP, the lake level fell. The trend of increasing Holocene wetness indicates a rising winter precipitation in North Xinjiang during the Holocene. This was due to an increase in upwind vapor concentrations caused by increased evaporation and strength of the westerlies, which were determined by the increasing boreal winter insolation and its latitudinal gradient.
      PubDate: 2021-03-01T00:00:00.000Z
      DOI: 10.1017/qua.2020.94
      Issue No: Vol. 100 (2021)
  • Geophysical characterization of late-Quaternary glaciofluvial complex and
           glacial stratigraphy in the Satakunta sandstone area, Köyliö, southwest
    • Authors: Elina Marita Ahokangas; Georgiana Anca Maries, Joni Kalevi Mäkinen, Antti Heikki Pasanen, Alireza Malehmir, Suvi Elina Heinonen, Matti Ensio Pajunen
      Pages: 135 - 153
      Abstract: We acquired high-resolution reflection seismic data using a broadband digital-based landstreamer system to characterize a depression related to the Mesoproterozoic (Jothnian) Satakunta sandstone basin in the Köyliö study area, southwest Finland. This ca. 800-m-wide depression is infilled with up to 100-m-thick (late) Quaternary interlobate glaciofluvial complex sediments. The seismic images clearly reveal details of the glaciofluvial complex, sandstone depression topography, and brittle structures related to the formation of the sandstone basin by oblique transtension. Additionally, we identified the setting of a diabase laccolith within the sandstone and the geometry and position of the steep sandstone contact. The esker core does not follow the sandstone-Svecofennian basement rock contact or lean to it. The esker core is at a depth of 50–60 m on the flank of the depression. The seismic data image the esker core and other architectural elements of the esker. We highlight the potential of the digital-based landstreamer in the research of complex Quaternary sediments in major bedrock depressions including the characterization of the underlying bedrock properties. We also discuss the possible tunnel valley origin of the sandstone depression.
      PubDate: 2021-03-01T00:00:00.000Z
      DOI: 10.1017/qua.2020.77
      Issue No: Vol. 100 (2021)
  • A wetland oasis at Wadi Gharandal spanning 125–70 ka on the human
           migration trail in southern Jordan
    • Authors: Bety S. Al-Saqarat; Mahmoud Abbas, Zhongping Lai, Songlin Gong, Mustafa M. Alkuisi, Abdalla M.B. Abu Hamad, Paul A. Carling, John D. Jansen
      Pages: 154 - 169
      Abstract: Former lakes and wetlands can provide valuable insights to the late Pleistocene environments encountered by the first humans to enter the Levant from Africa. Fluvial incision along Wadi Gharandal in hyperarid southern Jordan has exposed remnants of a small riverine wetland that accumulated as a sedimentary sequence up to ~20 m thick. We conducted a chronometric and sedimentological study of this wetland, including 10 optically stimulated luminescence dates. The wetland sequence accumulated during the period ~125 to 70 ka in response to a positive water balance coupled with a (possibly coseismic) landslide that dammed the outlet. The valley fill was dissected when the dam was incised shortly after ~36 ± 3 ka. Comparison of our ages with regional palaeoclimate indicates that the Gharandal oasis developed during the relatively humid Marine Isotope Stage 5. A minimum age of 74 ± 7 ka for two Levallois flakes collected from stratified sediments suggests that the oasis was visited by humans during the critical 130–90 ka time window of human migration out of Africa. Gharandal joins a growing network of freshwater sites that enabled humans to cross areas of the Levant and Arabia along corridors of human dispersal.
      PubDate: 2021-03-01T00:00:00.000Z
      DOI: 10.1017/qua.2020.82
      Issue No: Vol. 100 (2021)
  • Geoarchaeological investigation of occupation deposits in Blombos Cave in
           South Africa indicate changes in site use and settlement dynamics in the
           southern Cape during MIS 5b-4
    • Authors: Magnus M. Haaland; Christopher E. Miller, Ole F. Unhammer, Jerome P. Reynard, Karen L. van Niekerk, Bertrand Ligouis, Susan M. Mentzer, Christopher S. Henshilwood
      Pages: 170 - 223
      Abstract: The archaeological assemblage recovered from the Middle Stone Age (MSA) levels in Blombos Cave, South Africa, is central to our understanding of the development of early modern humans. Here, we demonstrate that the cultural and technological innovations inferred from the Blombos Cave MSA record also correlate with significant shifts in site use and occupational intensity. Through a comprehensive geoarchaeological investigation of three MSA occupation phases, we identified distinct diachronic trends in the frequency of visits and the modes of occupation. During the earliest phases (ca. 88–82 ka), humans inhabited the cave for more extended periods, but cave visits were not frequent. During the later phases (ca. 77–72 ka), the cave was more regularly visited but for shorter periods each time. We argue that these changes in local occupational intensity, which also coincide with shifts in vegetation, sea levels, and subsistence, can best be explained by broader changes in hunter-gatherer mobility strategies and occupation patterns. Fundamental changes in regional settlement dynamics during Marine Oxygen Isotope Stages 5b-4 would have significantly affected the nature and frequency of social interaction within and between prehistoric populations living in the southern Cape, a scenario that ultimately may explain some of the social and technological advances that occurred there during this time frame.
      PubDate: 2021-03-01T00:00:00.000Z
      DOI: 10.1017/qua.2020.75
      Issue No: Vol. 100 (2021)
  • Life histories and niche dynamics in late Quaternary proboscideans from
           midwestern North America
    • Authors: Chris Widga; Greg Hodgins, Kayla Kolis, Stacey Lengyel, Jeff Saunders, J. Douglas Walker, Alan D. Wanamaker
      Pages: 224 - 239
      Abstract: Stable isotopes of mammoths and mastodons have the potential to illuminate ecological changes in late Pleistocene landscapes and megafaunal populations as these species approached extinction. The ecological factors at play in this extinction remain unresolved, but isotopes of bone collagen (δ13C, δ15N) and tooth enamel (δ13C, δ18O, 87Sr/86Sr) from midwestern North America are leveraged to examine ecological and behavioral changes that occurred during the last interglacial-glacial cycle. Both species had significant C3 contributions to their diets and experienced increasing levels of niche overlap as they approached extinction. A subset of mastodons after the last glacial maximum exhibit low δ15N values that may represent expansion into a novel ecological niche, perhaps densely occupied by other herbivores. Stable isotopes from serial and microsampled enamel show increasing seasonality and decreasing temperatures as mammoths transitioned from Marine Isotope Stage (MIS) 5e to glacial conditions (MIS 4, MIS 3, MIS 2). Isotopic variability in enamel suggests mobility patterns and life histories have potentially large impacts on the interpretation of their stable isotope ecology. This study further refines the ecology of midwestern mammoths and mastodons demonstrating increasing seasonality and niche overlap as they responded to landscape changes in the final millennia before extinction.
      PubDate: 2021-03-01T00:00:00.000Z
      DOI: 10.1017/qua.2020.85
      Issue No: Vol. 100 (2021)
  • Bone histology, palaeobiology, and early diagenetic history of extinct
           equids from Turkey
    • Authors: Carmen Nacarino-Meneses; Anusuya Chinsamy, Serdar Mayda, Tanju Kaya, Ugur Cengiz Erismis
      Pages: 240 - 259
      Abstract: Bone histology has proved to be a valuable tool to obtain information about the palaeobiology and early taphonomic history of fossil vertebrates. However, there are still many extinct taxa for which bone histology studies could be applied to deduce information about their life history and early diagenetic changes. Here, we partially fill this gap by studying bone microstructure and bone micropreservation in the third metapodia of Hipparion and Equus recovered from several Miocene, Pliocene, and Pleistocene localities in Turkey. Our histological analysis reveals that most of the bone cortices under study are composed of a well-vascularized fibrolamellar bone. Furthermore, we record the presence of compact coarse cancellous bone in a Hipparion metatarsal. In terms of histological preservation, our findings provide supporting evidence that differences in moisture, oxygen, and/or temperature during fossilisation at the different localities impacted the quality of bone preservation. Bacterial bioerosion was extensive in the samples, and we also identified a specific tunnelling morphology that we tentatively consider to be damage caused by freshwater algae. The present study provides novel insight into the palaeobiology and early diagenetic history of extinct horses from Turkey and sets the stage for further research in this area.
      PubDate: 2021-03-01T00:00:00.000Z
      DOI: 10.1017/qua.2020.87
      Issue No: Vol. 100 (2021)
  • Collapse of Holocene mangrove ecosystems along the coastline of Oman
           – Corrigendum
    • Authors: Valeska Decker; Michaela Falkenroth, Susanne Lindauer, Jessica Landgraf, Zahra Al-Lawati, Huda Al-Rahbi, Sven Oliver Franz, Gösta Hoffmann
      Pages: 260 - 262
      PubDate: 2021-03-01T00:00:00.000Z
      DOI: 10.1017/qua.2021.6
      Issue No: Vol. 100 (2021)
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