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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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Paleopathology and Taphonomic Modification of Mammalian Bones from Porcupine Cave

Paleopathology and Taphonomic Modification of Mammalian Bones from Porcupine Cave

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(p.82) Nine Paleopathology and Taphonomic Modification of Mammalian Bones from Porcupine Cave
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Biodiversity Response to Climate Change in the Middle Pleistocene
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C. Suzane Ware

Elaine Anderson

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520240827.003.0009

This chapter discusses the paleopathology and taphonomic modifications evident in several specimens recovered from the Porcupine Cave deposits. It also provides background information about bone accumulation in a cave setting. More than a hundred specimens from Porcupine Cave show signs of disease and trauma, and many more have been gnawed by rodents. In this chapter, the following categories of bone modification are discussed: carnivore digestion; raptor digestion; disease, injury, or trauma; and rodent gnawing.

Keywords:   paleopathology, taphonomic modifications, bone accumulation, bone modification, carnivore digestion, raptor digestion, disease, injury, trauma, rodent gnawing

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