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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 Historical Context of Porcupine Cave

The Historical Context of Porcupine Cave

American Indians, Spaniards, Government Surveyors, Prospectors, Ranchers, Cavers, and Paleontologists in South Park, Colorado

Chapter:
(p.39) Four The Historical Context of Porcupine Cave
Source:
Biodiversity Response to Climate Change in the Middle Pleistocene
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Geraldine J. Rasmussen

Kirk Branson

John O. Mckelvy

Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520240827.003.0004

Porcupine Cave is located at the southern end of South Park, which encompasses a rich history. Among many who left their mark are the American Indians, Spaniards, trappers, government surveyors, prospectors, miners, ranchers, railroaders, oil and gas explorers, and more recently, cavers and paleontologists. This chapter introduces South Park and some highlights of its history, people, activities, and stories—including the discovery, exploration, and unearthing of the Pleistocene fossils of Porcupine Cave. It describes the discovery and early exploration of the Porcupine Cave, as well as the history of the ownership of the Porcupine Cave property.

Keywords:   Porcupine Cave, South Park, American Indians, Spaniards, Pleistocene fossils

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