THE SMALL-SIZED RHINOCEROSES FROM THE LATE PLEISTOCENE OF APULIA (SOUTHERN ITALY)

LUCA PANDOLFI & CARMELO PETRONIO
In this paper, rhinoceros remains from Apulian sites of the late Pleistocene have been analysed. The majority of these remains have been attributed to Rhinoceros mercki by several previous authors and later to Stephanorhinus kirchbergensis. The results of our analysis show how the remains are all referable to S. hemitoechus. This species, with the exception of Coelodonta antiquitatis, represent the only rhinoceros species occurring in Apulia from approximately 100.000 to 40.000 years BP. Furthermore, the...