(StuttgartInternational Conference "Landscapes and Soils through Time" en Anglais - 2014)

Document title

Paleosols, bones, phytoliths, and δ13C signatures of humus and teeth in the alluvial sequence of Axamilpa, Puebla : Inferences for landscape evolution and megafauna paleoecology during MIS 3–2 in Southern Mexico

published at : Landscapes and soils through time

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

(1) Inst. de Geología, UNAM, Mexico, MEXIQUE
(2) IPHEP, UMR-CNRS 7262, Univ., Poitiers, FRANCE


The study area, Axamilpa, is located close to the town of Tepexi de Rodríguez in the state of Puebla. The goal of this work is to reconstruct the past environmental conditions through the study of 3 proxies : paleosols, paleobotanical records (stable carbon isotopes and phytoliths) and mammalian fossil remains incorporated in an alluvial paleosol-sedimentary sequence. The AA. interpret the Late Pleistocene landscape of this area as a heterogeneous forest–grassland landscape with the forest shrinking through time and the grass areas increasing. Both isotope and phytolith records demonstrate a contrasting difference between Pleistocene and recent vegetation dominated by xerophytic shrubs and succulents. This vegetation change could play important role in the extinction of Pleistocene megafauna



International Conference "Landscapes and Soils through Time", Stuttgart , ALLEMAGNE (29/07/2011 - 01/08/2011)

published at : Catena / ISSN 0341-8162

Editor : Catena, Cremlingen-Destedt - ALLEMAGNE (1973)

Millesime : 2014, vol. 112 [pp. 25-37]

Bibliographic references : 1 p.

Collation : fig., tabl.



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 16767

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