The Historical Context of Porcupine Cave

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

in Biodiversity Response to Climate Change in the Middle Pleistocene

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 2004 | ISBN: 9780520240827
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520930858 | DOI:
The Historical Context of Porcupine Cave

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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

Chapter.  9556 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Evolutionary Biology

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