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pdf 07. Herpetofauna of Pleistocene (lpswichian) deposits at Selsey, West Sussex the earliest British record of Bufo calamita

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pp.94-98

Authors: J. Alan Holman

Abstract: Pleistocene deposits at Selsey, West Sussex, thought to represent Substage II of the lpswichian Interglacial Age, have yielded five herpetological taxa: Bufo bufo, Bufo calamita, Rana sp., Emys orbicularis, and Natrix natrix. This is the earliest British record of Bufo calamita and extends its temporal range in Britain back about 1 05,000 years. The presence of Emys orbicularis indicates that mean July temperatures in Britain were probably at least two degrees Celsius warmer than today. The anurans and the pond tortoise indicate the presence of a lotic wetland situation The anurans (outside of the breeding season) and the grass snake could have lived in a grassy area near the wetland.

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