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On the discovery of the Steppe Marmot bone (Marmota bobak Muller, Rodentia) in the ancient Panticapaeum (Kerch Peninsula, Crimean Peninsula, Russia)

The aim of the communication is to report and investigate the discovery of the Steppe marmot lower jaw in the layers the first centuries AD in the ancient Greek city Panticapaeum. This is the first record of the marmot remains from the easternmost part of the Crimean Peninsula (Kerch Peninsula). Although the animal could have been delivered to the city from the northern shores of Aral and Black Seas due to the valuable meat and fat, there is still a high possibility of marmot inhabiting this part of the Peninsula at the turn of our era