Upper paleolithic mammal fauna of the Baikal region, east Siberia (new data)

Fedora Khenzykhenova, Takao Sato, Ekaterina Lipnina, German Medvedev, Hirofumi Kato, Sergei Kogai, Ksenya Maximenko, Valentina Novosel'zeva

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A representative mammal fauna attributable to the Karginian Interstadial (MIS 3, 36 000-23 000 BP) has been found for the first time in the Fore-Baikalian region. The faunal remains were recovered from Gerasimov's and Bol'shoi Naryn Paleolithic sites in 2003-2008. Zooarchaeological investigations revealed 51 mammal species in the region, dominated by horse Equus sp., steppe lemming Lagurus lagurus, narrow-sculled vole Microtus gregalis and North-Siberian vole M. cf. hyperboreus. The early humans appear to have inhabited a forest-steppe, with local patches of tundra-like landscapes. The Karginian climate was warmer and more humid than during the subsequent Sartan glacial epoch (MIS 2).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)50-54
Number of pages5
JournalQuaternary International
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Feb 1


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  • Earth-Surface Processes

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Khenzykhenova, F., Sato, T., Lipnina, E., Medvedev, G., Kato, H., Kogai, S., Maximenko, K., & Novosel'zeva, V. (2011). Upper paleolithic mammal fauna of the Baikal region, east Siberia (new data). Quaternary International, 231(1-2), 50-54. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.quaint.2010.06.032