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Harrison Institute, Centre for Biodiversity Research

Field work in Poland: David Harrison (centre) with Professor Kazimierz Kowalski of the Institute of Systematics and Evolution of Animals, Krakow and Sally Balcon (Institute Trustee).

Professor Adam Nadachowski of the Institute of Systematics and Evolution of Animals, Krakow on study visit to the Harrison Institute.


A collaborative study of mammals from the Early Pliocene and Late Pleistocene of Poland


Host country: Poland


Project objective: To research and extend the scope of the collections of the Harrison Institute to the Plio-Pleistocene of continental Europe.  Collaborative studies were primarily conducted at four sites, namely the Early Pliocene sites of Podlesice, Przymilowice, and Zabia Cave (near Podlesice), and the Late Pleistocene site of Oblazowa.  Highlights included the first ever skull of the Early Pliocene shrew Paranourosorex gigas and a comprehensive collection of insectivores, including the first record of Desmanella from Poland.


Harrison Institute contact:
Dr David Harrison – hzm@btinternet.com


Host country contacts: Professor Barbara Rzebik-Kowalska RZEBIK@isez.pan.krakow.pl and Professor Adam Nadachowski NADACHOWSKI@isez.pan.krakow.pl Institute of Systematics and Evolution of Animals, Krakow.


Principal Funder:
Harrison Institute


Project dates: June, 1989


Publication from the project:

Harrison, D. L., 1996. Systematic status of Kennard’s Shrew (Sorex kennardi Hinton, 1911, Insectivora: Soricidae: a study based on British and Polish material. Acta zoologica cracoviensia, 39(1): 201-212.

Harrison, D. L. and B. Rzebik-Kowalska. 1991. An unusual cranial fossil of the Giant Lower Pliocene Shrew (Paranourosorex gigas Rzebik-Kowalska, 1975) from Podlesice, Poland. Palaeovertebrata,Montpellier 21 (1-2): 95-102.

Harrison, D. L. and B. Rzebik-Kowalska. 1992. Observations on the occurrence of Dibolia (Talpidae: Desmaninae) in the Lower Pliocene of Poland. Cranium Jrg.9 No.2: 105-108.

Harrison, D. L. and B. Rzebik-Kowalska. 1994. A note on the occurrence of Desmanella cf. dubia Rumke, 1976 (Insectivora: Talpidae: Uropsilinae) in the Lower Pliocene of Podlesice, Poland. Cranium jrg. 11(1): 3-6.

Nadachowski, A, D. L. Harrison, Z. Szindlar, T. Tomet, and M Wolsan. 1993. Late Pleistocene Vertebrate fauna from Oblazowa 2. (Carpathians, Poland): palaeoecological reconstruction. Acta zoologica cracoviensia,36(2):281-290.