The chronology, sedimentary history, and paleoecology of the Tarija Basin (Bolivia), one of the richest Pleistocene mammalian sites in South America, are revised here based on a multidisciplinary study, including stratigraphy, sedimentology, geomorphology, paleontology, isotope geochemistry, and C-14 geochronology. Previous studies have indicated a Middle Pleistocene age for this classic locality. We have been able to obtain a series of C-14 dates encompassing all the fossil-bearing sequences previously studied in the Tarija Basin. The dated layers range in age from about 44,000 to 21,000 radiocarbon years before present (BP), indicating that the Tarija fauna is much younger than previously thought. Glacial advances correlated to marine isotopic stages (MIS) 4 and 2 (ca. 62 and 20 ka BP, respectively) are also documented at the base and at the very top of the Tarija-Padcaya succession, respectively, indicating that the Bolivian Altiplano was not dry but sustained an ice cap during the Last Glacial Maximum. The results of this multidisciplinary study enable us to redefine the chronological limits of the Tarija sequence and of its faunal assemblage and to shift this paleontological, paleoclimatological, and paleoecological framework to the time interval from MIS 4 to MIS 2.

Coltorti, M., Abbazzi, L., Ferretti, M.P., Iacumin, P., PAREDES RIOS, F., Pellegrini, M., et al. (2007). Last Glacial mammals in South America: a new scenario from the Tarija Basin (Bolivia). NATURWISSENSCHAFTEN, 94(4), 288-299 [10.1007/s00114-006-0196-9].

Last Glacial mammals in South America: a new scenario from the Tarija Basin (Bolivia)

COLTORTI, M.;
2007

Abstract

The chronology, sedimentary history, and paleoecology of the Tarija Basin (Bolivia), one of the richest Pleistocene mammalian sites in South America, are revised here based on a multidisciplinary study, including stratigraphy, sedimentology, geomorphology, paleontology, isotope geochemistry, and C-14 geochronology. Previous studies have indicated a Middle Pleistocene age for this classic locality. We have been able to obtain a series of C-14 dates encompassing all the fossil-bearing sequences previously studied in the Tarija Basin. The dated layers range in age from about 44,000 to 21,000 radiocarbon years before present (BP), indicating that the Tarija fauna is much younger than previously thought. Glacial advances correlated to marine isotopic stages (MIS) 4 and 2 (ca. 62 and 20 ka BP, respectively) are also documented at the base and at the very top of the Tarija-Padcaya succession, respectively, indicating that the Bolivian Altiplano was not dry but sustained an ice cap during the Last Glacial Maximum. The results of this multidisciplinary study enable us to redefine the chronological limits of the Tarija sequence and of its faunal assemblage and to shift this paleontological, paleoclimatological, and paleoecological framework to the time interval from MIS 4 to MIS 2.
Coltorti, M., Abbazzi, L., Ferretti, M.P., Iacumin, P., PAREDES RIOS, F., Pellegrini, M., et al. (2007). Last Glacial mammals in South America: a new scenario from the Tarija Basin (Bolivia). NATURWISSENSCHAFTEN, 94(4), 288-299 [10.1007/s00114-006-0196-9].
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