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Inproceedings Reference Ammonoids and anoxia from the Belgian Frasnian: the Carrière de Lompret section
Located in Library / RBINS Staff Publications 2018
Article Reference Amphibians and squamate reptiles from the late Pleistocene of the “Caverne Marie-Jeanne” (Hastière-Lavaux, Namur, Belgium): Systematics, paleobiogeography, and paleoclimatic and paleoenvironmental reconstructions
Archeological sites usually provide important information about the past distribution ofsmall vertebrate fauna, and by extension about past terrestrial environments and climatein which human activities took place. In this context, Belgium has an interesting location innorthwestern Europe between the fully studied zooarcheological records of Germany andEngland. We present here the revision of the late Pleistocene (Marine Isotope Stages 3 and 2)collection of the “Caverne Marie-Jeanne” (Hastière-Lavaux, Namur), studied by Jean-ClaudeRage in the 1970s and the revision of the whole “indeterminate” small vertebrate materialsfrom the “Caverne Marie-Jeanne” stored in the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences(RBINS) Quaternary collections in search of more herpetofaunal remains. It is now by farthe largest late Pleistocene collection at RBINS with more than 20,500 recognized bonesof amphibians and reptiles and covering the last 60,000 years. The faunal list comprisestwo urodeles (Lissotriton gr. L. vulgaris and Salamandra salamandra), four anurans (Bufo gr.B. bufo-spinosus, Epidalea calamita, Rana temporaria and Rana cf. R. arvalis), three lizards(Lacerta cf. L. agilis, Zootoca vivipara and Anguis gr. A. fragilis), and three snakes (Natrix gr.N. natrix, Coronella austriaca, and Vipera berus). This study represents the first fossil record in Belgium for L. gr. L. vulgaris, R. arvalis, Z. vivipara, N. gr. N. natrix and C. austriaca. As awhole, this assemblage suggests a patchy humid landscape under colder and dryer climaticconditions in comparison with present ones. This study also underlines the necessity of aprimary separation in larger taxonomical categories by the specialist itself.
Located in Library / RBINS Staff Publications 2019
Article Reference Amphidromus setzeri, a new species (Gastropoda: Camaenidae) from Vietnam
Located in Library / RBINS Staff Publications 2016
Article Reference Amphidromus thachi, a new species (Gastropoda: Camaenidae) from Vietnam
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Article Reference An Amphibious Whale from the Middle Eocene of Peru Reveals Eatly South Pacific Dispersal of Quadrupedal Cetaceans.
Located in Library / RBINS Staff Publications 2019
Article Reference An expanded lower Eocene shelf sequence from the eastern Aquitaine Basin, SW France: stratigraphy and δ18O / δ13C excursions
The early Eocene is characterized by a succession of orbitally-controlled global stable carbon isotope excursions, with some being linked to climatic and related biotic perturbations. The impact of these isotopic excursions has been primarily studied in deep-sea sections under comparably stable conditions. In order to investigate the impact of global post-PETM isotopic signals on shallow marine settings, the Ypresian neritic ʻBlue Marls’ of the Corbières (SW France) were investigated. High-resolution records of microfossil biota and stable carbon and oxygen isotopes pinpoint biostratigraphic, paleoecologic and geochemic constraints. Calcareous nannofossil biostratigraphy positions the sequence in the upper part of zone NP11, possibly ranging into basal NP12, which is conformable with larger benthic foraminifera data indicating shallow benthic zone SBZ8. This implies a time span of about 0.4 Myr and high overall sedimentation rates of about ~ 32 cm/kyr for the section. A shallowing upward trend from outer neritic to coastal settings is observed in the development of the lithostratigraphy and the microfossil assemblage. The assemblages can be subdivided in seven larger biofacies and four ostracod assemblage zones. The lower third of the section is characterized by strongly fluctuating and partly high plankton/benthos-ratios for neritic settings. A final pronounced peak in plankton occurrence is associated with strong decrease of benthic biota, suggesting anoxic conditions in the outer neritic environment. Several local negative δ13C- and δ18O-excursions can be identified in the section. The upper, most pronounced and consistent negative δ13C excursion is tentatively linked to global carbon isotope excursion K (ETM3) based on the biostratigraphic constraints.
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Article Reference An identification key for dermal denticles of Rajidae from the North Sea
As a result of more systematic fine sieving on archaeological sites, dermal denticles and isolated teeth of rays are now more frequently recovered than before. A detailed description of the teeth is available in the literature, but no comparative study of the morphology of the dermal denticles exists that allows the identification of such elements issued from archaeological sites. A key and illustrations are provided for the identification of the dermal denticles of 10 ray species from the North Sea. In addition, the ray denticles have been analysed from seven medieval and postmedieval sites showing their potential for the interpretation of ichthyo-archaeological assemblages.
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Article Reference An illustrated catalogue of the Neotropical Gracillariidae (Lepidoptera) with new data on primary types
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Book Reference An illustrated guide to the land snails and slugs of Vietnam
Located in Library / RBINS Staff Publications 2017
Article Reference An unusually patterned Italian tree frog Hyla intermedia from Salento Peninsula, southern Italy (Amphibia: Hylidae)
Hyla intermedia is an endemic Italian tree frog species, distributed from the southern edge of the Alpine massif to the tip of Calabria and into Sicily. Previously referred as the widespread Hyla arborea, it has only recently been recognized as a distinct species. It shows a bright, uniformly green dorsal coloration. We report a previously unknown colour variant, displayed by an individual collected in Salento Peninsula. It differs from the typical form by its dark olive-brown background color with a contrasting marbled pattern on its dorsal and lateral surfaces. Similarly to typical individuals, this specimen was able to lighten its background color under the effect of stress, but its unusual marbled pattern was permanent. Marbled patterns are also known in other Hyla species, but were not so far recorded in H. intermedia.
Located in Library / RBINS Staff Publications 2020