French-Greek Paleontological Mission
Western Macedonia, Greece
Exploring the Early Pleistocene of the Balkans:
the Dafnero site case study, Greece
- Gildas MERCERON (PALEVOPRIM)
Excavations at Dafnero aims to describe fauna and environments in the Balkans during the early Pleistocene, an interval contemporaneous with the first expansion of the genus Homo in Eurasia from Africa.
After several seasons of excavations, we found out many fossil mammalian remains including a nearly complete skull of Papionine (a clade of Old World monkeys including extant baboons and macaques). Besides, dental microwear textural analysis performed on ruminants indicates that even cervids integrated herbs in their diet. This study thus attests the presence of open habitats with a wealthy herbaceous layer.
Dimitrti S. Kostopoulos, Franck Guy, Zoi Kynigopoulou, George D. Koufos, Xavier Valentin, Gildas Merceron, 2018 – « A 2Ma old baboon-like monkey from Northern Greece and new evidence to support the Paradolichopithecus – Procynocephalus synonymy (Primates: Cercopithecidae) » – Journal fo Human Evolution: doi.org/10.1016/J.jhevol.2018.02.012.
Berlioz, É., Kostopoulos, D.S., Blondel, C., Merceron, G., 2017. Feeding ecology of Eucladoceros ctenoides as a proxy to track regional environmental variations in Europe during the early Pleistocene. Comptes Rendus Palevol 17 (4-5), 320-332.