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Biodiversity Response to Climate Change in the Middle Pleistocene
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Biodiversity Response to Climate Change in the Middle Pleistocene: The Porcupine Cave Fauna from Colorado

Anthony Barnosky

Abstract

This book chronicles the discovery and analysis of animal fossils found in one of the most important paleontological sites in the world: Porcupine Cave, located at an elevation of 9,500 feet in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. With tens of thousands of identified specimens, this site has become the key source of information on the fauna of North America's higher elevations between approximately 1 million and 600,000 years ago, a period that saw the advance and retreat of glaciers numerous times. Until now, little has been understood about how this dramatic climate change affected life during the ... More

Keywords: animal fossils, Porcupine Cave, Colorado Rocky Mountains, middle Pleistocene, environmental concerns, global climate change, life on earth

Bibliographic Information

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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Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anthony Barnosky, editor

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Part One The Discovery and Distribution of Fossils

Two The Pleistocene Fossils of Porcupine Cave, Colorado

Anthony D. Barnosky, Christopher J. Bell, Robert G. Raynolds, and Louis H. Taylor

Four The Historical Context of Porcupine Cave

Geraldine J. Rasmussen, Kirk Branson, and John O. Mckelvy

Seven Age and Correlation of Key Fossil Sites in Porcupine Cave

Anthony D. Barnosky, and Christopher J. Bell

Part Two: Systematic Accounts of Taxa

Eleven Synopsis of the Herpetofauna from Porcupine Cave

Christopher J. Bell, Jason J. Head, and Jim I. Mead

Nineteen Arvicoline Rodents from Porcupine Cave

Christopher J. Bell, Charles A. Repenning, and Anthony D. Barnosky

Part Three Effect of Environmental Change on the Porcupine Cave Fauna

Twenty-Two Irvingtonian Mammals from the Badger Room in Porcupine Cave: Age, Taphonomy, Climate, and Ecology

Alan B. Shabel, Anthony D. Barnosky, Tonya Van Leuvan, Faysal Bibi, and Matthew H. Kaplane