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Le commensalisme de la souris et les sociétés néolithiques méditerranéennes

Abstract : We aimed to determine the factors of the anthropisation involved in the mouse commensalism, using both phylogeographical and historical approaches.
The quantification of the variability in the molar shape (Fourier analyses) of Mediterranean mice species showed that it is possible to separate species and sub-species of the genus using dental morphology and that this variability might be a marker of genes flow.
Zooarchaeological analyses allowed us to identify the emergence of Neolithic farming practices (seeds storage, cultivated fields ...) in the Near East as the determining factor for the adaptation of the mouse to the commensal niche.
Finally, we showed that the house mouse colonized the western Mediterranean during the intensification of both exchanges and urbanization in the first millennium BC, allowing it to overcome the ecological and genetic barriers which, previously, prevented its invasion.
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T. Cucchi. Le commensalisme de la souris et les sociétés néolithiques méditerranéennes. Sciences de l'Homme et Société. Museum national d'histoire naturelle - MNHN PARIS, 2005. Français. ⟨tel-00363186⟩

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