Reconstructing Quaternary vegetation history in the Carpathian Basin, SE-Europe, using n-alkane biomarkers as molecular fossils

Michael Zech, Björn Buggle, Katharina Leiber, Slobodan Marković, Bruno Glaser, Ulrich Hambach, Bernd Huwe, Thomas Stevens, Pal Sümegi, Guido Wiesenberg & Ludwig Zöller
Over the recent years there has been increasing fossil charcoal and malacological evidence from loess-palaeosol sequences in the Carpathian (Pannonian) Basin that call into question the traditional paradigm of treeless full glacial palaeoenvironments. In order to contribute to this discussion we focus on plant-derived n-alkanes and evaluate their potential to serve as biomarkers for the reconstruction of vegetation history during the last glacial cycle. Recently published initial results show a strong degradation effect on the...