Results of studying micromammalian remains from 15 cave-type localities situated in northeastern Europe are presented. Radiocarbon dating enabled to study the fauna development during six climatic phases: Bølling-Allerød, Younger Dryas, Preboreal, Boreal, Subboreal and Subatlantic. Assemblages of Bølling-Allerød with predominance of Siberian lemming are followed by communities of the Younger Dryas. These are dominated by xerophilous species: narrow-headed vole in the Subpolar Urals, and collared lemming in the rest of region. A considerable proportion of tundra species remained in communities during the Preboreal. A drastic transformation of micromammalian communities from the tundra-steppe to forest has occurred after 9000 BP, and possibly before 8500 BP. The modern-like fauna was formed during the Subatlantic.
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||Russian Journal of Theriology|
|Publication status||Published - 2012|
- northeastern Europe
- Late Glacial
- small mammals