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claudia-bouman
Team TFS
Team TFS
1) Anthropology Department, University of Toronto, 19 Russell Street, Toronto, ON, M5S 2S2, Canada, 2) Research and Collections, New York State Museum, 3140 Cultural Education Center, Albany, NY 12230, United States
Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology (2016), V454, pp161–174, doi:10.1016/j.palaeo.2016.04.036
Stable isotopes show resource partitioning among the early Late Miocene herbivore community at Rudabánya II: Paleoenvironmental implications for the hominoid, Rudapithecus hungaricus
L.C. Eastham (1), R.S. Feranec (2) and D.R. Begun (1)
Examining how species use and partition resources within an environment can lead to a better understanding of community assembly and diversity. The rich early Late Miocene (early Vallesian) deposits at Rudabánya II (R. II) in northern central Hungary preserve an abundance of forest dwelling taxa, including the hominoid Rudapithecus hungaricus. Here we use the carbon and oxygen stable isotope compositions of tooth enamel carbonate from 10 genera of medium to large-bodied mammals to evaluate resource use and partitioning among the herbivore community, and to reconstruct the paleoenvironment of Rudapithecus. The range of stable carbon and oxygen isotope values (δ13C and δ18O) displayed by the R. II fauna indicates a variable forest environment, which included both open and closed canopy habitats. The relatively low δ13C and δ18O values found in all sampled taxa are consistent with high levels of precipitation and humidity.
  • IRMS
  • C and O isotopes
  • Tooth enamel
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