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Habitat, climate and potential plant food resources for the late Miocene Shuitangba hominoid in Southwest China: Insights from carpological remains
Huang, Yong-Jiang1; Ji, Xue-Ping2,3; Su, Tao4,5; Deng, Cheng-Long6; Ferguson, David K.7; Yu, Teng-Song8; Yang, Xing9; Sun, Hang1; Zhou, Zhe-Kun1,4
2017-03-15
Source PublicationPALAEOGEOGRAPHY PALAEOCLIMATOLOGY PALAEOECOLOGY
ISSN0031-0182
Volume470Pages:63-71
Abstract

The late Miocene is a sub-epoch when hominoids became rare worldwide but managed to survive in a few refugia. Investigating the living conditions of the late Miocene hominoids is therefore crucial for a better understanding of how they survived in those refugia. In this study, we present relevant palaeobotanical evidence regarding the habitat, climate and possible plant food resources for the Shuitangba hominoid (Lufengpithecus cf. lufengensis) from the late Miocene Zhaotong Basin, Southwest China. A total of 14 plant taxa were recognized from carpological remains newly recovered from the Zhaotong Basin, among which ten taxa were not reflected in the previous pollen record. These new plant taxa expand our knowledge of the flora and indicate how diverse the ecosystem in the late Miocene Zhaotong Basin was. Based on our carpological taxa, we hypothesize that the Shuitangba hominoid lived in a stratified mixed forest composed of trees, shrubs, lianas, herbs and grasses, near a lake occupied by various aquatic plants. The quantitative palaeoclimate reconstruction using the Coexistence Approach (CoA) indicates that the late Miocene Zhaotong Basin had a mean annual temperature (MAT) of 11.317.6 C and a mean annual precipitation (MAP) of 1042-1547 mm, suggesting a mildly warm and humid climate for the Shuitangba hominoid. It also indicates that the hominoid had warm and wet summers but cool and dry winters, under the influence of the Asian monsoon. Edible and nutritious fruits and seeds of a considerable size, e.g., nuts of Carya and Corylus, fruits of Euryale and Trapa, were possibly exploited by the Shuitangba hominoid. The harder fruits, e.g., nuts of Carya and Corylus, might have benefited the hominoid as a fallback resource in winter when foods were scarce. (C) 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Indexed BySCI
Language英语
WOS KeywordFossil Carpology ; Palaeoclimate Reconstruction ; Palaeoenvironment ; Diet ; Zhaotong Basin
WOS Research AreaPhysical Geography ; Geology ; Paleontology
WOS SubjectGeography, Physical ; Geosciences, Multidisciplinary ; Paleontology
WOS IDWOS:000395845800006
PublisherELSEVIER SCIENCE BV
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Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.nigpas.ac.cn/handle/332004/13691
Collection中国科学院南京地质古生物研究所
Affiliation1.Chinese Acad Sci, Kunming Inst Bot, Key Lab Plant Biodivers & Biogeog East Asia, Lanhei Rd 132, Kunming 650201, Yunnan, Peoples R China;
2.Yunnan Inst Cultural Rel & Archaeol, Kunming 650118, Peoples R China;
3.Res Ctr Southeast Asian Archeol, Kunming 650118, Peoples R China;
4.Chinese Acad Sci, Key Lab Trop Forest Ecol, Xishuangbanna Trop Bot Garden, Mengla 666303, Peoples R China;
5.Chinese Acad Sci, Nanjing Inst Geol & Paleontol, State Key Lab Paleobiol & Stratig, Nanjing 210008, Jiangsu, Peoples R China;
6.Chinese Acad Sci, Inst Geol & Geophys, State Key Lab Lithospher Evolut, Beijing 100029, Peoples R China;
7.Univ Vienna, Inst Palaeontol, Althanstr 14, A-1090 Vienna, Austria;
8.Zhaotong Inst Cultural Rel, Zhaotong 657000, Peoples R China;
9.Zhaoyang Museum, Zhaotong 657000, Peoples R China
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Huang, Yong-Jiang,Ji, Xue-Ping,Su, Tao,et al. Habitat, climate and potential plant food resources for the late Miocene Shuitangba hominoid in Southwest China: Insights from carpological remains[J]. PALAEOGEOGRAPHY PALAEOCLIMATOLOGY PALAEOECOLOGY,2017,470:63-71.
APA Huang, Yong-Jiang.,Ji, Xue-Ping.,Su, Tao.,Deng, Cheng-Long.,Ferguson, David K..,...&Zhou, Zhe-Kun.(2017).Habitat, climate and potential plant food resources for the late Miocene Shuitangba hominoid in Southwest China: Insights from carpological remains.PALAEOGEOGRAPHY PALAEOCLIMATOLOGY PALAEOECOLOGY,470,63-71.
MLA Huang, Yong-Jiang,et al."Habitat, climate and potential plant food resources for the late Miocene Shuitangba hominoid in Southwest China: Insights from carpological remains".PALAEOGEOGRAPHY PALAEOCLIMATOLOGY PALAEOECOLOGY 470(2017):63-71.
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