New data on distribution of musk ox Ovibos moschatus in the Late Pleistocene in the south-east of Western Siberia and the Minusinsk Depression

Dmitriy G. Malikov*, Andrey V. Shpansky, Svetlana V. Svyatko

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Abstract

New data on the timing of the maximum distribution and diet of Ovibos moschatus in south Siberia in the Late Pleistocene are presented. The southern border of the range of musk ox in the West Siberian Plain during the Karginian time (Denekamp Interstadial, DEN) was located in the Tomsk Ob' River region. During the maximum cooling of the Sartanian time (LGM), the southern boundary of the range was limited by the Minusinsk Depression and the foothill plain of the Altai Mountains. Musk oxen of Tomsk Ob' River region had a normal diet similar to that of Pleistocene musk ox and reindeer, and slightly different from the diet of modern musk ox. The diet of musk ox from the Minusinsk Depression was different from that of both the Pleistocene and modern musk oxen, and it was close to that of horses and woolly rhinos. It is possible that the diet of musk ox from the Minusinsk Depression had higher content of in grass and willow. How to cite this article: Malikov D.G., Shpansky A.V., Svyatko S.V. 2020. New data on distribution of musk ox Ovibos moschatus in the Late Pleistocene in the south-east of Western Siberia and the Minusinsk Depression // Russian J. Theriol. Vol.19. No.2. P.183–192. doi: 10.15298/rusjtheriol.19.2.09

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)183-192
Number of pages10
JournalRussian Journal of Theriology
Volume19
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2020

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The authors would like to acknowledge the administration and staff of the Minusinsk Martyanov Museum for the opportunity to work with the material. The 14C dating of the Minusinsk sample was funded by the Russian Foundation for Basic Research project No. 18-35-00118. Work is done according to the State assignment of IGM SB RAS. This study was supported by the Tomsk State University competitiveness improvement program (research grant No. 8.1.48.2018). The authors thank reviewers for valuable comments and corrections

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© RUSSIAN JOURNAL OF THERIOLOGY, 2020

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Keywords

  • distribution
  • geographical
  • Late Pleistocene
  • Minusinsk Depression
  • musk ox
  • paleodiet
  • stable isotope analysis
  • West Siberian Plain

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Animal Science and Zoology

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