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By Bjorn Kurten

ISBN-10: 0202309533

ISBN-13: 9780202309538

This publication presents a finished therapy of the entire Pleistocene species in Europe, labeled in line with glossy taxonomic ideas. for every species there's a description of its descent and migration heritage, its variety, and its mode of existence. the 1st model of this booklet used to be a semipopular paperback within the Swedish Aldus sequence.

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This e-book presents a accomplished remedy of all of the Pleistocene species in Europe, categorized in keeping with sleek taxonomic ideas. for every species there's a description of its descent and migration background, its diversity, and its mode of lifestyles. the 1st model of this booklet used to be a semipopular paperback within the Swedish Aldus sequence.

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27 Chapter 5 The Age of Glaciations THE later Middle Pleistocene presents a strangely impoverished fauna. I t is almost as if the great 2-Mindel glaciation had swept everything away. Actually, fossiliferous sites of this age may contain quite a respectable roster of animal species; the problem is that relatively few sites are known, in contrast with the profusion in the early Middle Pleistocene. The later Middle Pleistocene comprises the D-Holstein interglacial and the 3-Riss glaciation, the latter perhaps including the incompletely known E-Ilford interglacial, probably intercalated between 3Riss I and II.

I t might be thought that a direct translation of the Latin name would do, but that is not always advisable. The first namer of an animal may have been completely mistaken as to the characters of the creature he described, as when a fossil whale was named Basilosaurus or Imperial lizard. Despite the error this is a valid name under the rule of priority and cannot be changed. Zoologists have by now learned to use the scientific name as an identification tag only, no matter how it was derived. Still, it must be admitted that we are sometimes bothered by the sad necessity of using the generic name Marnmut for mastodonts which are not mammoths, or the peculiar fact that the homeland of Elasmotherium sibiricum is southern Russia rather than Siberia.

In accordance with recent recommendations [31] scientific names based on the domestic forms have not been used. Hence the use of Equus przewalskii rather than E. caballus, Canis lupus rather than C. familiaris, and so on. There are few vernacular names for extinct species. The ones given here are selected so as to give the reader some idea of what kind of animal is being discussed. I t might be thought that a direct translation of the Latin name would do, but that is not always advisable. The first namer of an animal may have been completely mistaken as to the characters of the creature he described, as when a fossil whale was named Basilosaurus or Imperial lizard.

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