Vegetation and climate record from Abric Romani (Capellades, northeast Iberia) during the Upper Pleistocene (MIS 5d-3)

Biltekin D., Burjachs F., Vallverdu J., Sharp W. D., Mertz-Kraus R., Gema Chacon M., ...More

QUATERNARY SCIENCE REVIEWS, vol.220, pp.154-164, 2019 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 220
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2019.07.035
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.154-164
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: No


This study addresses the pollen record of Abric Romani archaeological site and the climate evolution of the last interglacial and glacial stadials in the Iberian Peninsula. The new pollen record spans the interval from 110,000 to 55,000 years ago. In general, the glacial/stadial vegetation is characterized by a steppe and herbaceous communities indicating dry and cold climatic conditions, whereas the vegetation optimum of past interglacials can be described as pine-oaks with mediterranean forest indicating milder and moister climatic conditions. During the first half of the MIS 5a and the MIS 5c, the region was warmer, which is characterized by temperate forests. However, the existence of Artemisia steppes during the second part of the MIS 5a indicates that the degree of continentality can be related to the low winter temperatures and precipitation. During MIS 4, a colder and dryer climate enabled the development of open vegetation (dominated by Artemisia with Poaceae and other Asteraceae) around the study site. (C) 2019 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.