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Contact: Marta García Gonzalo
Spanish National Research Council (CSIC)

Man Landing on Madeira Could Be 4 Centuries Prior to Its Colonization by the Portuguese

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Caption: Four centuries before its colonization by the Portuguese, man may have landed on Madeira Island. This can be deduced from a study led by the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), based on the dating of some ancient mice bones found in a fossiliferous site in Ponta de São Lourenço. According to the results, published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B journal, house mice may have landed on the island before 1036, most likely transported by a ship. The article suggests that the introduction of this species would result in an ecological disaster.

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