(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2004)

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A mixed-feeding Equus species from the Middle Pleistocene of South Africa

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The dietary regime of Equus capensis from the Middle Pleistocene of South Africa is investigated by mesowear analysis. Results indicate that the mesowear signature of this species resembles that of 2 extant mixed feeders, the Grant's Gazelle and the Thomson's Gazelle, suggesting a mixed feeding dietary strategy for E. capensis. The mesowear signature of a contemporaneous population of Equus mosbachensis from Europe (Arago, France) is also determined for comparative purposes and has a typical grazing signature. However, a considerable degree of dietary flexibility is recently reported. The dietary signal of E. capensis is considered to be the result of feeding on the unique fynbos vegetation


Article of periodic

published at : Quaternary research / ISSN 0033-5894 / CODEN QRESAV

Editor : Elsevier, San Diego, CA - ETATS-UNIS (1970)

Millesime : 2004, vol. 62, no3 [pp. 316-323]

Bibliographic references : 62 ref.

Collation : Illustration ;



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