SVIBOR - Project code: 1-09-031


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Project code: 1-09-031


Main researcher: PAUNOVIĆ, MAJA (88645)

Type of research: basic
Duration from: 04/30/91. to 04/30/94.

Papers on project (total): 8
Institution name: Hrvatska akademija znanosti i umjetnosti, Zagreb (101)
Department/Institute: Institut for paleontology and Quaternary geology
Address: Ante Kovačića 5/II
City: 10000 - Zagreb, Croatia
Phone: 385 (01) 449093
Phone: 385 (01) 440124
Phone: 385 (01) 449374
Phone: 385 (01) 449378
Phone: 385 (01) 449093

Summary: The project "Vertebrate paleontology and Quaternary cronostratigraphy" provides for researches of three year duration. It is basic scientific research, which one part must be done on the field, and the other part contains theoretical and experimental research. By thematic, five narrow scientifical research units could be separated: a) investigation of Lower Pleistocene bony breccias and determination of genera and species of rodent group (Rodentia), b) determination of fossil and subfossil fauna of the Vindija cave and absolute sediment dating, c) mapping of Quaternary deposits and loess profiling along the Adriatic coast, sampling for sedimentological and malacological analyses, as well as for absolute dating, d) investigative field-working with opening of deposit profiles, collecting of fossil material, sampling for analyses and recognoscing of Quaternary deposit stratigraphy, e) field-work on archeological sites, determination of Holocene faunistic assemblages and biotope reconstruction. The field-working investigation results will enable the taxonomic determination of fossil and subfossil vertebrata, paleoecological, paleoclimatological and evolutionary interpretation of Pleistocene faunas, as well as the recognoscing of stratigraphy and geology of certain localities. The sedimentological analyses and mapping of Quaternary deposits will enable paleogeographical interpretation, respectively will establish disposition and distribution paleoenvironments during the Quaternary, as well as the correlation with relevant occurences in Europe.

Keywords: Vertebrate paleontology, chronostratigraphy, evolution, paleogeography, Quaternary

Research goals: The research goal is determined by up to date performedscientific investigate work, respectively by the unknowns whichremained open, unsolved problems, and new investigations. Bypaleontological and morphogenetical determination of fossilmaterial and cultural remains from Upper Pleistocene of theVindija cave exactly will be reconstructed succession andprocesses which are relevant during the deposit sedimentation.The answer about exactly age of the Neandertal appearance,respectively the species Homo sapiens, has been looked for, aswell as about environment and its changes, and microevolutionaryprocesses under which had been particular vertebrate groups.Investigative speleological, sedimentological and paleontologicalfield-working have the goals to determine and link the part relationships of the site, as well as the relationships withother localities. The goal of sedimentological researches is toestablish all Quaternary sediment appearances, to determine sortof sediments and origin circumstances, as well as the sedimentarymechanisms and at the end to give paleogeographicalinterpretation. The goal of species determiantion of the rodentgroup is to establish stratigraphical sheme of Lower Pleistocenebony breccias. As well, the profiling of loess deposits alongthe Adratic coast will establish the stratigraphicaldetermination and correlation with Slavonian loess profiles.Co-operation on archeological investigations in northern Croatiaand determination of attendant animal remains from pits andgraves will enable the reconstruction of hunting oragricultural-cattlebreeding economy of the Eneolithic or BronzeAge human assemblages.


  1. Name of project: IGCP-PROJ. 260 EARTH GLATIAL RECORD
    Name of institution: International Union for Quaternary Research

  2. Name of project: OWP-56 Chronologie kroatischer und slowenischer Hoehlen
    Name of institution: Oesterreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften und Kuenste
    City: 1010 - WIEN, Austrija


  1. Name of institution: Slovenska akademija znanosti in umetnosti
    Type of institution: University/Faculty
    City: 61000 - Ljubljana, Slovenija

  2. Name of institution: Institut de Paleontologie Humaine
    Type of institution: Economical/Production
    City: 75013 - Paris, Francuska

  3. Name of institution: Institut fuer Palaeontologie
    Type of institution: Economical/Production
    City: 1010 - WIEN, Austrija

  4. Name of institution: Institut fuer Humanbiologie
    Type of institution: Economical/Production
    City: 1010 - WIEN, Austrija

  5. Name of institution: Naturhistorisches Museum
    Type of institution: University/Faculty
    City: 1010 - WIEN, Austrija

  6. Name of institution: Museum of Anthropology
    Type of institution: Economical/Production
    City: 48109-1079 - Ann Arbor - Michigan, USA

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