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Biodiversity response to climate change in the middle Pleistocene [electronic resource] : the Porcupine Cave fauna from Colorado /
edited by Anthony D. Barnosky.
Berkeley : University of California Press, c2004.
xxii, 385 p. : ill., maps.
0520240820 (alk. paper)
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Berkeley : University of California Press, c2004.
0520240820 (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 347-370) and index.
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"This comprehensive book makes an important contribution to the literature on Ice Age animals and climate. I expect it will be an important reference work for years to come."--Timothy H. Heaton, University of South Dakota "This book brings together the state-of-knowledge for this important high-altitude Pleistocene paleontological locality. This synthesis is overlain by an elegant placement of the work's importance in the body of the knowledge related to the single largest threat facing humans today, that of global climate change."--Karel Rogers, Grand Valley State University
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The famous site of the Porcupine Cave fauna high in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, with its specimens numbering in the tens of thousands, is a key (if not the key) to the understanding of many crucial issues related to the period spanning from one million to 600,000 years ago in the Pleistocene. Though the subject matter of this ambitious volume appears restricted to a particular area and time slice in North America, the aim of editor Barnosky, a distinguished theoretician and paleontologist at the Univ. of California, Berkeley, is no less than a powerfully focused examination of the biodiversity and climate change in the Middle Pleistocene in the Northern Hemisphere, particularly in higher altitudes. The importance of such an undertaking, spanning 28 chapters, cannot be overemphasized for students concerned not only with the relationship of Pleistocene changes to the current biodiversity crisis, but also with the politically critical issues of climate change. This outstandingly edited volume is chock-full of information relevant to virtually all aspects of Pleistocene paleontology, vertebrate zoology, and particularly mammalogy. Illustrations are profuse and excellent, and the index is adequate. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. Upper-level undergraduates and above. F. S. Szalay formerly, University of New Mexico
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Porcupine Cave in Colorado is one of the most important paleontological sites in the world, yielding tens of thousands of identified specimens. This volume offers data & analysis that is particularly valuable for reflecting a succession of rapid climatic changes during the Pleistocene Era.
Long Description
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 middle Pleistocene. In addition to presenting state-of-the-art data from Porcupine Cave, this study also presents groundbreaking analysis on what the data from the site show about the evolutionary and ecological adjustments that occurred in this period, shedding light on how one of the world's most pressing environmental concerns--global climate change--can influence life on earth.
Unpaid Annotation
Fossil finds from 10 years of research show the effects of climate change on North American mammals during the Pleistocene era, about one million to 400,000 years ago.
Table of Contents
The discovery and distribution of fossils
Climate change, biodiversity, and ecosystem health : the past as a key to the futurep. 3
The pleistocene fossils of Porcupine Cave, Colorado; spatial distribution and taphonomic overviewp. 6
The modern environment, flora, and vegetation of South Park, Coloradop. 27
The historical context of Porcupine Cave : American Indians, Spaniards, government surveyors, prospectors, ranchers, cavers, and paleontologists in South Park, Coloradop. 39
The geology and speleogenesis of Porcupine Cavep. 51
Magnetostratigraphic constraints on the Age of Pleistocene fossiliferous strata in Porcupine Cave's DMNH Velvet Room excavationp. 57
Age and correlation of key fossil sites in Porcupine Cavep. 64
Biology of wood rats as cave dwellers and collectorsp. 74
Paleopathology and taphonomic modification of mammalian bones from Porcupine Cavep. 82
Systematic accounts of taxa
A summary of fossilized species in Porcupine Cavep. 95
Synopsis of the herpelofauna from Porcupine Cavep. 117
The early and middle pleistocane avifauna from Porcupine Cavep. 127
The carnivora from Porcupine Cavep. 141
Middle Pleistocene (irvingtonian) Ochotona (Lagomorpha : Ochotonidae) from Porcupine Cavep. 155
Leporidae of the DMNH Velvet Room excavations and Mark's sinkp. 164
Identification of miscellaneous mammals from the Pit locality : including soricidae, leporidae, geomyodeap. 169
Systematics and faunal dynamics of fossil squirrels from Porcupine Cavep. 172
Fossil wood rats of Porcupine Cave : tectonic or climate controls?p. 193
Arvicoline rodents from Porcupine Cave : identification, spatial distribution, taxonomic assemblages, and biochronologic significancep. 207
Pliocene and pleistocene horses from Porcupine Cavep. 264
Pleistocene (irvingtonian) artiodactyla from Porcupine Cavep. 280
Effect of environmental change on the Porcupine Cave fauna
Irvingtonian mammals from the badger room in Porcupine Cave : age, taphonomy, climate, and ecologyp. 295
Faunal dynamics of small mammals through the Pit sequencep. 318
Stable carbon and oxygen isotope analysis of marmot cheek teeth from the pit localityp. 327
Assessing the effect of Middle Pleistocene climate change on Marmota populations from the Pit localityp. 332
Effect of climate change on terrestrial vertebrate biodiversityp. 341
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