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The Crvenka loess-paleosol sequence: A record of continuous grassland domination in the southern Carpathian Basin during the Late Pleistocene

Abstract

In this study, we compare two independent paleoenvironmental proxies for a loess sequence in northern Serbia, in the southern Carpathian Basin: novel n-alkane biomarkers and traditional land snail assemblages. Both are associated with other, more widely used proxy data for loess sections, such as environmental magnetism, grain size, and geochemical indices. Together, these paleoenvironmental proxy records provide evidence for the continued dominance of grasslands during the Late Pleistocene in the Southern Carpathian Basin. It is contrary to other European loess provinces, which are characterized by high diversity of Late Pleistocene environments (ranging from tundra-like to deciduous forest habitats). These findings highlight the southeastern part of Carpathian Basin as an important, but still insufficiently investigated, biogeographical refugium, and biodiversity preservation zone. The reason for this is a mostly stable paleoclimate for much of the Late Pleistocene.

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url https://doi.org/10.1016/j.palaeo.2018.03.019 Accessed 5 times | Last updated 16.01.2020

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Marković, S., Sümegi, P., Stevens, T., Schaetzl, R., Obreht, I., Chu, W., Buggle, B., Zech, M., Rech, R., Zeeden, C., Gavrilov, M., Perić, Z., Svirčev, Z., Lehmkuhl, F. (2018): The Crvenka loess-paleosol sequence: A record of continuous grassland domination in the southern Carpathian Basin during the Late Pleistocene. – In: Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, Vol. 509, p: 33-46, DOI: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2018.03.019

Authors Marković, Slobodan B. and Sümegi, Pál and Stevens, Thomas and Schaetzl, Randall J. and Obreht, Igor and Chu, Wei and Buggle, Björn and Zech, Michael and Rech, Roland and Zeeden, Christian and Gavrilov, Milivoj B. and Perić, Zoran and Svirčev, Zorica and Lehmkuhl, Frank
Type article
Title The Crvenka loess-paleosol sequence: A record of continuous grassland domination in the southern Carpathian Basin during the Late Pleistocene
DOI 10.1016/j.palaeo.2018.03.019
Journal Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology
Year 2018
Volume 509
Pages 33-46
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