Sessione #135 INQUA 2023: Mammals Biochronology and Palaeoecology of the Euro-Mediterranean Quaternary

Dear Colleagues,

We would like to invite you to submit your abstracts to the session “Mammals Biochronology and Palaeoecology of the Euro-Mediterranean Quaternary“.
The session (#135) will be part of the Scientific theme 4A: “Response of biota to palaeoenvironmental changes”, during the upcoming INQUA 2023 (International Union For Quaternary Research) conference, to be held on 13th – 20th July 2023 in Rome.


The Quaternary is a time of fundamental climatic shifts and environmental changes that highlight the need for a thorough investigation from different perspectives and at multiple scales to disentangle the factors involved in the response of the biota. In turn, recognising bioevents (e.g., dispersal or extinction of species) and relating them to geological time is crucial for correlating changes between distant geographic regions. The mammalian fossil record is widely used for biochronological correlations and palaeoecological reconstructions of the Euro-Mediterranean region, and represents, an especially important proxy for inferring the timing, pattern and palaeoenvironmental context of the earliest hominins dispersals into Europe. Research in the response of mammals to the palaeoenvironmental changes of the Euro-Mediterranean Quaternary and developing a consistent and precise pan-European biochronological framework require a thoughtful integration of data and schemes from different geographic areas. This is especially relevant considering the wealth of new discoveries of the last decades and the semantic and conceptual differences in the use of biochronological terms, like Mammal Ages (e.g., Villafranchian and Galerian). This session invites contributions on the evolution of mammal communities and ecosystems, the identification and definition of bioevents, including taxonomic studies, and the discussion of their broader biochronological and palaeoecological significance.

Raffaele Sardella, Department of Earth Sciences (PaleoFactory lab.), Sapienza University of Rome, Italy,;

Alessio Iannucci, Department of Earth Sciences (PaleoFactory lab.), Sapienza University of Rome, Italy,;

George E. Konidaris, Palaeoanthropology, Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen, Senckenberg Centre for Human Evolution and Palaeoenvironment, Germany,;

Dimitris S. Kostopoulos, School of Geology, Aristotle University of Thessloniki, Greece,;

Joan Madurell-Malapeira, Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain,

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Should you have any questions let us know,
We look forward to receiving your contributions and meeting you in Rome!

Raffaele Sardella – Alessio Iannucci

Department of Earth Sciences
Sapienza – University of Rome

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