In the Sesselfels cave (S. Germany) a large amount (4000) of remains of small mammals has been found in different layers. The faunal composition indicates a continental climate with steppe-like conditions. Based on the presence of Spermophilus citelloides and a modern Arvicola terrestris, it is assumed that these layers in the Sesselfels cave probably date to the Early to Middle Weichselien. The remains of the middle-sized Sorex group are studied in more detail. This group represents two forms, which have been as Sorex cf. araneus and Sorex cf. coronatus respectively. The presence of Sorex cf. coronatus in the Sesselfels cave indicates that this species originated much earlier than was assumed sofar.


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Hélène Thomassen. (1996). De Midden Paleolitische kleine zoogdierfauna uit de Sesselfels-grot (Zuid-Duitsland), met nadruk op de spitsmuizen (Mammalia, Insectivora, Soricidae). Cranium, 13(1), 47–52.