"Last occurrence" of the Antillean insectivoran Nesophontes : new radiometric dates and their interpretation. American Museum novitates ; no. 3261

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dc.contributor.author MacPhee, R. D. E. en_US
dc.contributor.author Flemming, Clare. en_US
dc.contributor.author Lunde, Darrin P. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2005-10-06T16:50:13Z
dc.date.available 2005-10-06T16:50:13Z
dc.date.issued 1999 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2246/3106
dc.description 19 p. : ill., map ; 26 cm. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (p. 17-19). en_US
dc.description.abstract "Several times during this century it has been claimed on the basis of anecdotal evidence that some of the allegedly extinct endemic mammals of the Greater Antilles still survive in remote areas. To investigate this possibility, an attempt was made in 1996 to locate living representatives of the island-shrew genus Nesophontes (Insectivora, Nesophontidae) in the Sierra de Baoruco, Dominican Republic. The attempt was unsuccessful. However, in a related project, it was found that nesophontid remains from Cuba and Hispaniola, judged to be very recent on associational grounds, were in fact much older (12th-15th centuries AD) according to AMS 14C dating. This information, combined with other evidence discussed here, suggests that species of Nesophontes may have collapsed extremely rapidly, close to the time of the first European entry into the West Indies. We discovered no direct evidence that predation by or competition with Old World rats or other exotic species caused nesophontid extinctions. Neither recent collecting efforts nor radiometric evidence support the view that any island-shrew species survived into the 20th century"--P. [1]. en_US
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dc.language eng en_US
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher New York, NY : American Museum of Natural History en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries American Museum novitates ; no. 3261 en_US
dc.subject.lcc QL1 .A436 no.3261, 1999 en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Nesophontes. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Insectivora, Fossil -- West Indies. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Paleontology -- Holocene -- West Indies. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Paleontology -- West Indies. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Extinct mammals -- West Indies. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Radioactive dating. en_US
dc.title "Last occurrence" of the Antillean insectivoran Nesophontes : new radiometric dates and their interpretation. American Museum novitates ; no. 3261 en_US
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    Novitates (Latin for "new acquaintances"), published continuously and numbered consecutively since 1921, are short papers that contain descriptions of new forms and reports in zoology, paleontology, and geology. New numbers are published at irregular intervals.

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