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download pdfKovalchuk, O. Leonid Rekovets, an outstanding palaeomammalogist and evolutionist. Theriologia Ukrainica. 2018. Vol. 16: 187193.



Leonid Rekovets, an outstanding palaeomammalogist and evolutionist


Kovalchuk, O. 


National Museum of Natural History, NAS of Ukraine (Kyiv, Ukraine)


Theriologia Ukrainica. 2018. Vol. 16: 187193.




Ukrainian, with English extended summary, titles of tables, captures to figs, and references


A review of scientific activity of professor Leonid Rekovets, the famous Ukrainian and Polish palaeozoologist and mammalogist, is provided on the occasion of his 70th anniversary. Biographical information about the scientist (university studies, postgraduate study at the Institute of Zoology of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR, further scientific career) is presented, and his contribution into the development of palaeozoological investigations is analysed, in particular his research into the fauna, systematics, biostratigraphy, and paleogeography of Neogene and Pleistocene small mammals of Europe. The publication record of L. Rekovets consists of 210 publications, including 5 monographs. The current research of L. Rekovets is concerned with the study of mammalian teeth enamel ultrastructure, ancient DNA analysis of subfossil remains of vertebrates, as well as investigation of the role of extinctions in evolution, which is considered by L. Rekovets as an optimal movement of structure through the time.


L. I. Rekovets, palaeozoology, mammalogy, evolutionary theory, Ukraine, Poland.



Apoltsev, D. A., Rekovets, L. I. 2015. Beavers of the genus Trogontherium (Castoridae, Rodentia) from the Late Miocene of Ukraine. Vestnik Zoologii. 49. No. 6: 519528.
Cermak, S., Rekovets, L. I. 2010. Early Pliocene ochotonids (Mammalia, Lagomorpha) from Southern Ukraine. Geodiversitas, 32, No. 1: 107120. 10.5252/g2010n1a3
Dema, L., L. Rekovets. 2004. Morphosystematic fundamentals of evolution in the genus Villanyia (Arvicolidae, Rodentia). Visnyk of Lviv University. Series Biology, 38: 152156. (In Ukrainian)
Goldin, P., Zvonok, E., Rekovets, L., Kovalchuk, A., Krakhmalnaya, T. 2014. Basilotritus (Cetacea: Pelagiceti) from the Eocene of Nagornoe (Ukraine): new data on anatomy, ontogeny and feeding of early basilosaurids. Comptes Rendus Palevol., 13, Is. 4: 267276. 10.1016/j.crpv.2013.11.002
Gorobets, L., Kovalchuk, O., Rekovets, L. 2013. Vertebrates from the Mesolithic site Laspi VII (Crimea, Ukraine). Bulletin of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv. Series Biology, No. 3(65): 5759.
Kovalchuk, O. M., Gorobets, L. V., Syromyatnikova, E. V., Danilov, I. G., Titov, V. V., Krakhmalnaya, T.V., Rekovets, L. I., Zelenkov. N. V. 2017 a. Vertebrates from the Pontian of the Shkodova Gora Locality (Northwestern Black Sea Region, Upper Miocene). Paleontological Journal, 51, Is. 4: 414429. 10.1134/S0031030117040050
Kovalchuk, O., I. Gotun, S. Gorbanenko, M. Sergeyeva, V. Ratnikov, L. Gorobets, L. Rekovets. 2017 b. Paleoenvironment of the medieval settlement Hodosivka-Roslavske (11/1214th cent. CE, Ukraine): The first comprehensive bioarchaeological investigation of the East Slavic village. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, 12: 522527.
Krochmal, A. I., L. I. Rekovets. 2010. Localities of small mammals from the Pleistocene of Ukraine and adjacent territories. LAT & K, Kyiv, 1330. (In Russian)
Marisova, I. V. (compl.). 1995. Rekovets Leonid Ivanovych. Biobibliographic index. Nizhyn, 112. (In Ukrainian)
Maul, L. C., F. Masini, S. A. Parfitt, S. A., L. Rekovets, A. Savorelli. 2014. Evolutionary trends in arvicolids and the endemic murid Mikrotia New data and a critical overview. Quaternary Science Reviews, 96: 240258.
Maul, L. C., L. Rekovets, W.-D. Heinrich, T. Keller, G. Storch. 2000. Arvicola mosbachensis (Schmidtgen, 1911) of Mosbach 2: basic sample for the early evoluvion of the genus and a reference for further biostratigraphical studies. Senckenbergiana lethaea, 80, No. 1: 129147.
Maul, L. C., W.-D. Heinrich, L. Rekovets. 2013. Kurze Ubersicht zum Kenntnisstand der fossilen Bibergattung Trogontherium (Castoridae, Rodentia). Saugertierkundliche Informationen, Jena, 9, H. 47: 143152.
Maul, L. C., L. I. Rekovets, W.-D. Heinrich, A. A. Bruch. 2017. Comments on the age and dispersal of Microtoscoptini (Rodentia: Cricetidae). Fossil Imprint, 73, Is. 34: 495514.
Nowakowski D., L. Rekovets, O. Kovalchuk, E. Pawlina, V. Demeshkant. 2018. Enamel ultrastructure of molars in Anomalomys gaillardi and some spalacid taxa (Rodentia, Mammalia). Palaeontologia Electronica, 21, Is. 2.18A: 115.
Povodyrenko, V. M., L. I. Rekovets. 2006. Arvicola mosbachensis (Arvicolidae, Rodentia) from the Pleistocene Medzhybozh. Vestnik zoologii, 40, No. 1: 5562. (In Ukrainian)
Rabiniak, E., L. Rekovets, D. Nowakowski. 2017. Dental enamel ultrastructure in Ochotona and Prolagus (Mammalia: Lagomorpha: Ochotonidae) from three late Miocene localities in Ukraine. Palaeontologia Electronica, 20, Is. 3.46A: 112.
Rekovets, L. I. 1978 a. Rodents of the Desna late Paleolithic (ways of the fauna formation and its paleogeographic analysis). Vestnik Zoologii, No. 5: 1421. (In Russian)
Rekovets, L. I. 1978 b. A new subspecies of the narrow-headed vole (Microtus gregalis Pall.) from late Pleistocene deposits of Ukraine. Doklady Akademii Nauk USSR, No. 6: 559563. (In Russian)
Rekovets, L. I. 1978 c. A new fossil subspecies of the Tundra vole (Microtus oeconomus Pall.) from the late Pleistocene of Ukraine. Doklady Akademii Nauk USSR, No. 7: 649652. (In Russian)
Rekovets, L. I. 1979. To the systematic position of ground squirrels from Upper Pleistocene deposits of Ukraine. Vestnik zoologii, No. 1: 3442. (In Russian)
Rekovets, L. I. 1980. Dicrostonyx gulielmi Sanf. (Rodentia) from localities of the Desna late Paleolithic. Paleontological research in Ukraine. Naukova Dumka, Kyiv, 224230. (In Russian)
Rekovets, L. I. 1983. Systematic position of the great jerboa (Allactaga jaculus Pall.) from Upper Pleistocene deposits of Ukraine. History and evolution of the recent rodent fauna of USSR (Neogene our time). Nauka, Moscow, 269277. (In Russian)
Rekovets, L. I. 1985 a. Small mammals of Desna-Dnieper late Palaeolithic. Naukova Dumka, Kyiv, 1166. (In Russian)
Rekovets, L. I. 1985 b. Late Pleistocene Ellobius (Rodentia) of Ukraine. Vestnik Zoologii. No. 2: 3539 (In Russian)
Rekovets, L. I., I. V. Topachevsky. 1988. Lagomorphs (Lagomorpha, Mammalia) of the Mezhyrich late Pleistocene fauna. Paleontological collection. Vyshcha shkola, Lviv, 5660. (In Russian)
Rekovets, L. I. 1990. La localite Bolchevik 2 et levolution de la microtheriofaune au Pleistocene dans la region Septentrionale de la Mer Noir. LAnthropologie. 94: 659674.
Rekovets, L. I. 1990. To the question of systematics and affinities of pikas of the subgenus Argyrotona (Ochotona, Lagomorpha). Vestnik zoologii, 24. No. 2: 3740. (In Russian)
Rekovets, L. I., A. V. Starkin. 1990. Mammals of the late Paleolithic site Anetovka-2 on the south of Ukraine. Vestnik zoologii, 24. No. 3: 4044. (In Russian)
Rekovets, L. I. 1994. Small mammals of the Anthropogene of the south of Eastern Europe. Naukova Dumka, Kyiv, 1372. (In Russian)
Rekovets, L. I. 1995. Periglacial micromammal faunas from the Late Pleistocene of Ukraine. Acta Zoologica Cracoviensia, 38, No. 1: 129138.
Rekovets, L., Nadachowski, A. 1995. Pleistocene voles (Arvicolidae) of the Ukraine. Paleontologia i evolucio, 2829: 145246.
Rekovets, L. I. 1996. Taxonomic analysis of the formation of the Recent small mammal fauna in the southern part of Eastern Europe. Acta Zoologica Cracoviensia, 39, No. 1: 407411.
Rekovets, L. I. 1998. Evolution of the genus Allophaiomys in the South of Eastern Europe. Paludicola, 2, No. 1: P. 126130.
Rekovets, L. I. 2001. Medzhybozh, the Mammal Fauna Locality and Multilayer Palaeolithic Site in Ukraine. VestnikZoologii, 35, No. 6: 3944. (In Russian)
Rekovets, L. I., A. Nadachowski. 2007. The Evolution of Biocoenoses of the Periglacial Zone in Late Pleistocene Eastern Europe. Vestnik zoologii, 41. No. 3: 197206. (In Russian)
Rekovets, L., A. Chepalyga, V. Povodyrenko. 2007. Geology and mammalian fauna of the Middle Pleistocene site, Medzhybozh, Ukraine. Quaternary International, 160, Is. 1: 7080.
Rekovets, L., G. Kopij, D. Nowakowski. 2009. Taxonomic diversity and spatio-temporal distribution of late Cenozoic beavers (Castoridae, Rodentia) of Ukraine. Acta Zoologica Cracoviensia, 52A, No. 12: 95105. 10.3409/azc.52a_1-2.95-105
Rekovets, L., D. Nowakowski. 2013. Zahlschmelz-Ultrastrukturen an Backenzahnen verschedener Vertreter der Familie Castoridae (Rodentia, Mammalia) aus der Ukraine. Saugertierkundliche Informationen, Jena, 9, H. 1: 159163.
Rekovets, L., S. Cermak, O. Kovalchuk, V. Prisyazhniuk, D. Nowakowski. 2014 a. Vertebrates from the Middle Pleistocene locality Lysa Gora 1 in Ukraine. Quaternary International, 326327: 481491. 10.1016/j.quaint.2013.10.016
Rekovets, L., D. Nowakowski, K. Lech. 2014 b. Micromammals from the Epigravettian Mezhyrich locality (Ukraine). LAnthropologie, 118, No. 5: 518537. 10.1016/j.anthro.2014.10.007
Rzebik-Kowalska, B., L. I. Rekovets. 2015. Recapitulation of data on Ukrainian fossil insectivore mammals (Eulipotyphla, Insectivora, Mammalia). Acta Zoologica Cracoviensia, 58, No. 2: 137171.
Rzebik-Kowalska, B., Rekovets, L. I. 2016. New data on Eulipotyphla (Insectivora, Mammalia) from the Late Miocene to the Middle Pleistocene of Ukraine. Palaeontologia Electronica, 19, Is. 1.9A: 131.
Rekovets, L. I. 2017. Pleistocene small mammals from the Medzhybizh locality in Ukraine. Proceedings of the Theriological School, 15: 3548. (In Ukrainian)
Rekovets, L. I., . . Kovalchuk. 2017. Phenomenon in the evolution of voles (Mammalia, Rodentia, Arvicolidae). Vestnik zoologii, 51, No. 2: 99110. 10.1515/vzoo-2017-0015
Stepanchuk, V., S. Ryzhov, L. Rekovets, Zh. Matviishina. 2010. The lower Palaeolithic of Ukraine: Current evidence. Quaternary International, 223224: 131142.
Topachevsky, V. A., A. F. Skorik, L. I. Rekovets. 1978. The most ancient voles of the Microtini tribe (Rodentia, Microtidae) from the South of the Ukrainian SSR. Vestnik zoologii, No. 2: 3541 (In Russian)
Topachevsky, V. A., L. I. Rekovets. 1982. New materials on systematics and evolution of the nominative subgenus within the genus Ellobius (Rodentia, Cricetidae). Vestnik Zoologii, 16, No. 5: 4754 (In Russian)
Topachevsky, V. A., A. F. Skorik, L. I. Rekovets. 1987. Rodents of Upper Neogene and Early Anthropogene Sediments of Khadzhibey Estuary. Naukova Dumka, Kyiv, 1208. (In Russian)
Topachevsky, V. A., I. G. Emelyanov, L. I. Rekovets, T. V. Krakhmalnaya. 2000. Ecological aspects of the formation of the diversity of small mammal communities in the late Pleistocene of Ukraine. Ecology and noospherology, 9, No. 12: 2534. (In Russian)]
Zagorodniuk, I. 2015. Publications of the Ukrainian Theriological Society and Development of the Proceedings of the Theriological School. Proceedings of the Theriological School, 13: 114142 (In Ukrainian)


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