Juan Labranz cave: a Quaternary deposit in the central Iberian Peninsula



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García García, Nuria and Bárez Del Cueto, Sergio and Gaspar Simón, Ignacio De and Prieto, Santiago and Laplana Conesa, César and Galindo Pellicena, María Ángeles and Huguet Pamiès, Rosa and Blázquez Orta, Raquel and Jimenez Carmona, Israel and Valle, Héctor Del and Pérez Díaz, Sebastián and Feranec, R.S. and Aranburu, Arantza and Sevilla, Paloma and Prieto Saiz, Irene (2022) Juan Labranz cave: a Quaternary deposit in the central Iberian Peninsula. Historical Biology, 34 (8). pp. 1632-1641. ISSN 0891-2963, ESSN: 1029-2381

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/08912963.2022.2060097


Here we report the preliminary results from the 2015–19 s prospecting explorations, excavations, and research from Juan Labranz Cave, a new Quaternary palaeontological deposit rich in mammals that offers information on the faunal context of the southern sub-plateau. This cave is located on the border of the Iberian range, at the Sierra de Valdecabras, Cuenca, at 1.279 metres above sea level. This study includes the first georeferenced digital map of the cave and a preliminary analysis of its chronology, palynology, macro- and microvertebrate palaeontology, and taphonomy. The cave is interpreted as a hyena den, and this would represent one of the highest elevation cavities where the activity of this taxon is recorded. Moreover, we consider this site important and unique because it constitutes one of the very few Pleistocene cave sites in the southern sub-plateau. It is strategically located on the border between the Iberian range and the Tajo Tertiary Basin, at the Júcar River valley, which represents the only great natural corridor that covers hundreds of kilometres and connects two very important palaeoecological areas, the interior of the Iberian Peninsula and the Mediterranean basin.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Hyena den; middle-late pleistocene; paleoenvironment; Iberian range
Subjects:Sciences > Geology > Paleontology
ID Code:74573
Deposited On:14 Sep 2022 18:48
Last Modified:15 Sep 2022 06:58

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