Recent TIMS dating results from British Late Pleistocene vertebrate faunal localities: context and interpretation

Gilmour, Mabs; Currant, Andy; Jacobi, Roger and Stringer, Chris (2007). Recent TIMS dating results from British Late Pleistocene vertebrate faunal localities: context and interpretation. Journal of Quaternary Science, 22(8) pp. 793–800.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1002/jqs.1112

URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/jqs.111...

Abstract

New TIMS dates from British sites underpin and extend the growing model of mammalian faunal history during the Late Pleistocene. The sequence of British faunas during the three successive warm phases of MIS 5 presents a challenging model in which the mammal faunas of the first two temperate phases, 5e and 5c is dominated by species of a classically interglacial character, while that of the final phase, sub-stage 5a, is dominated by bison and reindeer. This we see as the 'cold fauna' appearing in Britain during the cool isotope sub-stage 5b and subsequently isolated by the rising sea level of isotope sub-stage 5a. All these three faunas are true island faunas.

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