Mutual Climatic Range Methods for Quaternary Ostracods

David J. Horne, B. Brandon Curry, Francesc Mesquita-Joanes

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The development of Mutual Climatic Range (MCR) methods for ostracods has included the estimation of marine bottom-water palaeotemperatures, but it has focused mainly on the use of non-marine ostracods to infer past air temperatures. The Delorme analogue MCR method, using only those components of a fossil assemblage that co-exist today, has yielded mean annual air temperature and annual precipitation estimates for North American Quaternary sites. The Mutual Ostracod Temperature Range (MOTR) non-analogue MCR method utilises all species in a fossil assemblage; calibrations based on a European database have been applied to the estimation of mean July and January air temperatures for English Pleistocene sites. These approaches are reviewed and their relative merits discussed; both yield results comparable to those of other proxies such as the beetle MCR method. A revised calibration table for European non-marine ostracods is provided, and new MOTR estimates for English glacial and interglacial sites are presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationDevelopments in Quaternary Science
PublisherElsevier Ltd
Number of pages20
StatePublished - 2012

Publication series

NameDevelopments in Quaternary Science
ISSN (Print)1571-0866


  • Europe
  • Holocene
  • North America
  • Ostracoda
  • Palaeotemperature
  • Pleistocene

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geology
  • Earth-Surface Processes


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