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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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The Pleistocene Fossils of Porcupine Cave, Colorado

The Pleistocene Fossils of Porcupine Cave, Colorado

Spatial Distribution and Taphonomic Overview

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(p.6) Two The Pleistocene Fossils of Porcupine Cave, Colorado
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Biodiversity Response to Climate Change in the Middle Pleistocene
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Anthony D. Barnosky

Christopher J. Bell

Robert G. Raynolds

Louis H. Taylor

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520240827.003.0002

Porcupine Cave is the richest source of information on Irvingtonian-age vertebrates. Hundreds of thousands of vertebrate fossils have been recovered from Porcupine Cave, with thousands of identifiable specimens from the Pit and Velvet Room localities. This chapter documents the spatial distribution of the many different fossil localities and provides an overview of their suspected geological ages and general taphonomic settings. Most of the material described in this book was recovered from seven localities: the Badger Room, Fissure Fill A, the Gypsum Room, the Pit, and three spatially distinct excavations in the Velvet Room (Mark's Sink, DMNH 644, and CM 1927/UCMP V93175). Of these, the Pit locality provides the main basis for interpreting the effects of middle Pleistocene environmental change on ecology and evolution.

Keywords:   Porcupine Cave, Irvingtonian-age vertebrates, Pit, Velvet Room, fossil localities, Badger Room, Fissure Fill A, Gypsum Room, Mark's Sink

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