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I analyse small mammals, which become incorporated into archaeological sediments, in order to reconstruct local palaeoenvironments. Small mammals are rodents such as mice, shrews, golden moles, bats, mole rats, gerbils etc. These rodents are suitable palaeoenvironmental proxies as they are spatio-temporally constrained, have small home-ranges (usually less than 1 km radius), precise ecological requirements and t they often exhibit high intrinsic rates of population increase facilitating rapid response to environmental change within fine spatiotemporal scales. 

  • Nel, Turid Hillestad; Wurz, Sarah Jacoba Deborah; Henshilwood, Christopher. 2018. Small mammals from Marine Isotope Stage 5 at Klasies River, South Africa - Reconstructing the local palaeoenvironment. Quaternary International. 471: 6-20. doi: 10.1016/j.quaint.2017.08.074
  • Nel, Turid Hillestad; Henshilwood, Christopher. 2016. The Small Mammal Sequence from the c. 76 – 72 ka Still Bay Levels at Blombos Cave, South Africa – Taphonomic and Palaeoecological Implications for Human Behaviour. PLOS ONE. 11:e0159817. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0159817
  • Nel, Turid Hillestad. 2013. Micromammals, climate change and human behaviour in the Middle Stone Age, southern Cape, South Africa – Examining the possible links between palaeoenvironments and the cognitive evolution of Homo sapiens. University of Bergen.
  • Nel, Turid Hillestad. 2007. Middle Stone Age palaeoenvironments: A study of faunal material from Blombos Cave, southern Cape, South Africa. Nyame Akuma. 68: 52-61.

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