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INTEGRATE

The palaeoecology and the extinction of MIS 3–1 large mammal of the Romanian Carpathians:

an integrative approach

 

Mission

Late Pleistocene extreme climatic fluctuations lead to widespread megafaunal extinction of large mammals.

 

The climate and palaeoecological resorts that made some species vanish are still not fully understood.

INTEGRATE is designed to investigate the Marine Isotope Stage 3-1 (Late Pleistocene-Holocene) fauna and will explore the role of evolutionary changes in the adaptation of species to past climate changes.

Objectives

Reconstruction of MIS 3-1 mammal dietary habits by exploring the potential of combining the traditional and non-traditional stable isotope systems, dental micro/mesowear, geometric morphometrics, and osteometric analyses.

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To assess the chronological framework of the studied palaeo-populations and their extinction from the Romanian Carpathians using the radiocarbon method (AMS 14C).

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To further explore the use of oxygen stable isotopes (i.e., on faunal remains) in palaeoclimate reconstructions.

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To elaborate an integrative methodology to infer palaeoecology and paleoclimatology for studied palaeo-populations.

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Meet the team

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dr. Marius Robu

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dr. Ionuț Mirea

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dr. Luchiana Faur

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project leader

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dr. Alex Petculescu

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dr. Marius Vlaicu

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Gabriela Călin

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Andra Ilie

volunteer

 

Call for volunteers!

If you are a student of biology, geography or geology, and have a passion for science, we would like to meet you!

As a volunteer for our team, you will be responsible for the maintenance and organization of the paleontological collection, database management, and a wide range of analyses within the project.

You will have the chance to gain hands-on experience, participate in research field trips and learn from passionate scientists. 

 
 

"Emil Racovita" Institute of Speleology

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Adress

13 Calea 13 Septembrie St.

Bucharest, RO 050711

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A research project supported by a grant from the Romanian Ministry of Research and Innovation, CNCS - UEFISCDI, project number PN-III-P1-1.1-TE-2021-0187

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