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Prof. Dr. Torsten Scheyer
Fossils from Aldabra Atoll
January 2017 to December 2024
Funding sources
SNF, Personen- und Projektförderung
Dr. Dennis Hansen, IEU, University of Zurich (Switzerland)
Dr. Nicole Klein, Steinmann-Institut, Universität Bonn (Germany)
Dr. Frauke Fleischer-Dogley & Dr. Nancy Bunbury, Seychelles Islands Foundation (Seychelles)
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The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Aldabra Atoll is home to about 100 000 giant tortoises, whose fossil record goes back to the Late Pleistocene. New Late Pleistocene fossils (age ca. 90–125 000 years) from the atoll revealed some appendicular bones and numerous shell fragments of giant tortoises, but also additional vertebrate material that is currently under study.
Scheyer, T. M., M. Delfino, N. Klein, N. Bunbury, F. Fleischer-Dogley, and D. M. Hansen. 2018. Trophic interactions between larger crocodylians and giant tortoises on Aldabra Atoll, Western Indian Ocean, during the Late Pleistocene. Royal Society Open Science 5: 171800 [doi: 10.1098/rsos.171800].