The late Pleistocene environment of the Eastern West Beringia based on the principal section at the Main River, Chukotka

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Svetlana A. Kuzmina, Andrei V. Sher, Mary E. Edwards, James Seymour Haile, Evgeny V. Yan, Anatoly V. Kotov, Eske Willerslev

Chukotka is a key region for understanding both Quaternary environmental history and transcontinental migrations of flora and fauna during the Pleistocene as it lies at the far eastern edge of Asia bordering the Bering Sea. The now submerged land bridge is the least understood region of Beringia yet the most critical to understanding migrations between the Old and New Worlds. The insect fauna of the Main River Ledovy Obryv (Ice Bluff) section, which is late Pleistocene in age (MIS 3-2), is markedly different from coeval faunas of areas further to the west, as it is characterized by very few thermophilous steppe elements. From the fauna we reconstruct a steppe-tundra environment and relatively cold conditions; the reconstructed environment was moister than that of typical steppe-tundra described from further west. The data from this locality, if typical of the Chukotka Peninsula as a whole, may indicate that a barrier associated with the environments of the land bridge restricted trans-Beringian migrations, particularly the more thermophilous and xeric-adapted elements of the Beringian biota, supporting the hypothesis of a cool but moist land-bridge filter inferred from evidence from several other studies.
TidsskriftQuaternary Science Reviews
Udgave nummer17–18
Sider (fra-til)2091-2106
Antal sider16
StatusUdgivet - 2011

Bibliografisk note

Beringia and Beyond: Papers Celebrating the Scientific Career of Andrei Vladimirovich Sher, 1939–2008

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