Notes on the Soricidae (Insectivora, Mammalia) from Crete. 2. The shrew remains from Minoan and Classical Kommos

Reumer, JWF.; Payne, S.

Bonner Zoologische Beitraege 373: 173-182


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The shrews from the archaeological deposits of Kommos, Crete, are studied. All three species that comprise the present-day Cretan shrew fauna are represented in the samples. The endemic Crocidura zimmermanni is only found in one sample of Late Minoan III A2-B age (c. 1370-1200 BC). It had apparently been largely replaced in low altitude regions by the introduced C. suaveolens caneae, which was present as early as Middle Minoan IIB-III (c. 1700-1550 BC). The earliest occurrence of Suncus etruscus is in the Late Minoan III A2-B (c. 1370-1200 BC).