Baryshnikov G.F., Alekseeva E.V. 2017. Late Pleistocene and Holocene Mustela remains (Carnivora, Mustelidae) from Bliznets Cave in the Russian Far East // Russian J. Theriol. Vol.16. No.1: 1–14 [in English].

Gennady F. Baryshnikov [], Ernestina V. Alekseeva [], Zoological Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Universitetskaya Emb. 1, Saint Petersburg 199034, Russia.

doi: 10.15298/rusjtheriol.16.1.01

ABSTRACT. Fossil remains of the representatives of genus Mustela from Upper Pleistocene and Holocene levels in Bliznets Cave, located near Nakhodka City, are found to belong to five species: M. erminea, M. sibirica, M. eversmanii, M. altaica, and M. nivalis. Mandibles of M. sibirica may be segregated from those of M. eversmanii on the basis of position of the incision on angular process. All species, except M. eversmanii, currently occur in the southern part of the Russian Far East, while the distribution range of the steppe polecat is shifted to 400–500 km westwards.

KEY WORDS: Mustela, Pleistocene, Holocene, Russian Far East.

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