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dc.contributor.authorStevens, Rhiannon E.
dc.contributor.authorHermoso-Buxán, Xosé L.
dc.contributor.authorMarín Arroyo, Ana Belén 
dc.contributor.authorGonzález Morales, Manuel Ramón 
dc.contributor.authorStraus, Lawrence Guy
dc.contributor.otherUniversidad de Cantabriaes_ES
dc.description.abstractAbstract: El Mirón Cavewas occupied by humans for over 40,000 years. Evidence of LateMousterian,Gravettian, Solutrean, Magdalenian, Azilian, Mesolithic, Neolithic, Chalcolithic, Bronze Age and Mediaeval occupations has been found in the cave. Understanding the local environmental conditions during the occupations is crucial for gaining an insight into the lifeways of El Mirón's inhabitants as they relied on the surrounding region and its natural resources for their subsistence. 170 bones of hunted red deer recovered from the cave were sampled for carbon and nitrogen stable isotope analyses with the aim of reconstructing the palaeoenvironment and palaeoclimate during the human occupation. The results show that the surrounding landscape underwent considerable environmental change during the Late Pleistocene and Early to Mid-Holocene. Shifts in d13C values between the Last Glacial Maximum, Heinrich stadial 1, Heinrich event 1, the Late-glacial interstadial and the onset of the Holocene are likely to reflect changes in water availability and temperature. Deer d15N generally increased over time indicating the regeneration of soil biological activity and nitrogen cycling, which was temporarily halted during the Younger Dryas. Comparison of the El Mirón results with those of 300 deer from other regions of Europe shows geographical variations in the timing and magnitude of the variation in d13C and d15N values. This variation tracks local climate (temperature andwater availability) and environmental (vegetation and forest development) changeses_ES
dc.format.extent15 p.es_ES
dc.rights© [2014], Elsevier. Licensed under the Creative Commons Reconocimiento-NoComercial-SinObraDerivadaes_ES
dc.sourcePalaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 414 (2014) 46–60es_ES
dc.subject.otherNitrogen cyclees_ES
dc.subject.otherUpper palaeolithices_ES
dc.subject.otherCervus elaphuses_ES
dc.titleInvestigation of late Pleistocene and early Holocene palaeoenvironmental change at El Mirón cave (Cantabria, Spain): insights from carbon and nitrogen isotope analysis of red deeres_ES

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