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The Colonisation History of the Scandinavian Fauna Presented through Subfossil Finds along One of Its Major Immigration Routes; Scania, Southern Sweden

  • Erika Rosengren
Publiceringsår: 2015
Språk: Engelska
Sidor: 143-149
Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie: Environment and ecology research
Volym: 3
Nummer: 6
Dokumenttyp: Artikel i tidskrift
Förlag: Horizon Research Publishing Corporation

Abstract english

Most of the Swedish subfossil finds of terrestrial mammals have been recovered from Scania. The contributing factors may be that the locally more abundant Late Weichselian sediment basins have been exposed through the extensive practice of peat cutting during the 19th century, and that the public awareness of the significance of the bones and antlers found, prior to the birth of the modern archaeological science, led to them being acquired to research collections. They came to form the basis for the discovery and reconstruction of the postglacial re-colonisation history of the terrestrial fauna. Here, some of these spectacular finds of faunal remains are presented. Today we know that Scania, through the recurrent establishment of a land bridge connecting it to the European mainland, represented one of the major immigration routes into Scandinavia. Already in the Late Glacial the inhabitants of the disintegrating mammoth steppe colonised the newly deglaciated land. It was, however, mainly between c. 12,400 and 9500 cal. years BP, in part due to the existence of a more long lasting land bridge and the continuing amelioration of the climate, that the postglacial fauna in Sweden was formed.


  • History and Archaeology
  • Subfossil
  • Scania
  • Sweden
  • History of Science
  • Research collections
  • Re-colonisation
  • Postglacial
  • Faunal history


  • ISSN: 2331-6268
E-post: erika [dot] rosengren [at] ark [dot] lu [dot] se


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