DOES A RELATIONSHIP EXIST BETWEEN PALAEOPATHOLOGIES AND INSULARITY ? A CASE STUDY OF SOME BONES OF PROLAGUS SARDUS (WAGNER, 1829) FROM SARDINIA (ITALY)

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Daniel Zoboli
Marco Zedda
Gian Luigi Pillola
Maria Rita Palombo

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This research describes pathological bones of Prolagus sardus (Lagomorpha, Ochotonidae) from four Middle-Late Pleistocene to Early Holocene sites of Sardinia (Italy), and presents a short inventory of the main Sardinian localities recording the species, with the intent to infer the viability of the Sardinian ochotonid populations during the Middle-Late Pleistocene and Early Holocene. The macroscopical analysis evidences that the pathologies were mostly of a traumatic origin, rather than due to other pathological conditions, which have been only observed in a few individuals inhabiting the Tavolara islet. The significance of the occurrence of palaeopathological signatures in bones of insular, mammals and their usefulness in detecting the life-style, behaviour and niche occupancy of endemic mammalian species, and reconstructing some aspects of population dynamics in the peculiar island environments, are briefly discussed.

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Zoboli, D., Zedda, M., Pillola, G. L., & Palombo, M. R. (2018). DOES A RELATIONSHIP EXIST BETWEEN PALAEOPATHOLOGIES AND INSULARITY ? A CASE STUDY OF SOME BONES OF PROLAGUS SARDUS (WAGNER, 1829) FROM SARDINIA (ITALY). Alpine and Mediterranean Quaternary, 31(1), 75–86. https://doi.org/10.26382/AMQ.2018.12
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