Dating of a muskox (Ovibos moschatus) skull fragment from Jamtland, Sweden: Middle Weichselian age

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A radiocarbon age determination of a tundra muskox (Ovibos moschatus) skull fragment from Jamtland, central Sweden gave an age of 44 000 +/- 1500 C-14 years BP or c. 46-49 cal. ka, indicating that the species was a member of the Middle Weichselian fauna of Sweden. The age confirms that central Sweden was ice-free during parts of the Middle Weichselian, prior to the last glacial maximum, as shown by previous studies. The region was probably characterised by treeless arctic to subarctic tundra environments.

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  • Geology

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  • muskox, Ovibos, Sweden, Quaternary, Pleistocene
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)406-409
JournalGFF
Volume136
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes