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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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Biology of Wood Rats as Cave Dwellers and Collectors

Biology of Wood Rats as Cave Dwellers and Collectors

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(p.74) Eight Biology of Wood Rats as Cave Dwellers and Collectors
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Biodiversity Response to Climate Change in the Middle Pleistocene
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Robert B. Finley Jr.

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520240827.003.0008

Wood rats, genus Neotoma, are terrestrial rodents of the family Muridae. This chapter describes the basic ecology of bushytailed wood rats, Neotoma cinerea, and how they leave evidence of their activities in caves. Porcupine Cave exhibits signs of current wood rat activity in the entrance adit, Badger Room, Gypsum Room, Pit, Velvet Room, and Damp Room. In fact, some floors are carpeted with fecal pellets, plant litter, and urine deposits, including, in many places, great quantities of small bones mixed with sediment.

Keywords:   wood rats, Neotoma, Muridae, Neotoma cinerea, Badger Room, Gypsum Room, Pit, Velvet Room, Damp Room

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