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The Coming of the Shrew

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Offline Technopat

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« on: January 14, 2008, 20:46 PM »
Greetings All,
Not sure if this is the right board, 'cos I seem to remember someone somewhere bringing up that little matter of the Med. drying up and someone else bringing up the matter of shrews, but don't have time right now.
Just half-heard over the car radio that a team of paleontologists in Barcelona have fixed the date of the first musarañas (shrews) crossing a land-locked Mediterranean into the Ib. Pen. Of course, I missed the bit of when and where all this happened, but gooogling has come up with the goods: the
La Vanguardia article says that researchers from the Catalan Institute of Paleontology (ICP) have published a paper showing that shrews became extinct on the Ib Pen. (and S. of France) 2mya and are now only found in restricted areas of the mountains to the east and south of Africa, after having lived here for 4my. They originally crossed over due to the partial drying-up of the Med. 6mya and finally became extinct due to the Northern Hemisphere's intense glaciation over that period.
Over-to-our-Catalan-Fraction regs.,

« Last Edit: January 14, 2008, 22:50 PM by Technopat »
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Offline steveT

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« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2008, 23:01 PM »
Dear TP,

Thanks for the article.

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« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2008, 10:47 AM »

It says a group of shrews called the 'myosorex'which today only live in mountainous regions of Sudáfrica, Tanzania, Mozambique y Uganda, arrived in the Ib Pen during the great drying of the Med. and then became extinct during the successive Ice Ages.
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