By Marco Masseti

The atlas offers the present country of information of the prior and current distribution of the non-flying terrestrial mammals of the Ionian and Aegean islands. It presents a distribution map for every species with vast references and an outline of the entire mammalian taxa. The ebook additionally makes a speciality of the $64000 function of humans within the redefinition of the insular ecological equilibrium, in addition to at the environmental effect of organic invasions. The examine of this fauna provides a chance for checking out various assorted evolutionary theories.

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13: The first upper right molar (M1) belonging to an advanced Hippopotamus antiquus Desmarest, 1822, from the island of Kalymnos. Courtesy of Toula Marketou, 22nd Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities, Rhodes. 5 The disappearance of the endemics. Holocene relics of a vanished world The situation of the insular endemics changed drastically around the end of the Pleistocene/Holocene, the most significant cases of extinction over the past few thousand years having been those of the insular species [212].

However, according to Dubey et al. [338], Crocidura suaveolens gueldenstaedtii Pallas, 1811, is the variety occurring on Crete. While Hoffmann [339] and Wolsan and Hutterer [330] considered the status of Crocidua gueldenstaedtii Pallas, 1811 still under discussion, according to Hutterer [319], Crocidura suaveolens is almost certainly conspecific with Crocidura gueldenstaedtii and must be regarded as a synonym of the latter. 371; NMW 36148, B5511–B5513; SMF 50537; Tilos: MZUPA ML137, TE928; Kos: SMF 56241–56278.

Early evidence of human consumption of these micromammals includes the osteological remains found in the Neolithic levels of the continental site of Lerna, in the Argolid, where cutmarks have been observed suggestive of carcass processing [317]. On several Aegean islands, such as Lesbos (Forest Department of Lesbos, 1997, in verbis) and Tilos, these animals are still appreciated in the local cuisine. 2 Eurasian pygmy shrew, Sorex minutus Linnaeus, 1766 Greek name: νανομυγαλιғ δα (nanomygalida) Greek vernacular name: μυγαληғ η μικραғ (migali i mikra) Turkish name: cüce sivriburunu The distribution of the Eurasian pygmy shrew, Sorex minutus Linnaeus, 1766, ranges from the northern Iberian peninsula to Lake Baikal, in Siberia [318–319].

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