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Biodiversity Response to Climate Change in the Middle PleistoceneThe Porcupine Cave Fauna from Colorado$
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Anthony Barnosky

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780520240827

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520240827.001.0001

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Synopsis of the Herpetofauna from Porcupine Cave

Synopsis of the Herpetofauna from Porcupine Cave

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(p.117) Eleven Synopsis of the Herpetofauna from Porcupine Cave
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Biodiversity Response to Climate Change in the Middle Pleistocene
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Christopher J. Bell

Jason J. Head

Jim I. Mead

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520240827.003.0011

This chapter examines the fossil herpetofauna of Porcupine Cave. It documents the presence and taxonomic diversity of amphibians (salamanders and anurans) and reptiles (lizards and snakes) that are recovered from the cave, and explores the paleoclimatic information which can be derived from the study of these remains when they occur in controlled stratigraphic contexts. The combined sample of amphibians and reptiles from all localities within the cave includes only 141 specimens representing a minimum of seven taxa. Snakes are represented by a greater number of fossil specimens (117) than any other herpetofaunal group from Porcupine Cave.

Keywords:   herpetofauna, Porcupine Cave, amphibians, salamanders, anurans, reptiles, lizards, snakes

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