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Paleopathology and Taphonomic Modification of Mammalian Bones from Porcupine Cave

C. Suzane Ware and Elaine Anderson

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520240827.003.0009
Paleopathology and Taphonomic Modification of Mammalian Bones from Porcupine Cave

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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

Chapter.  3984 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Evolutionary Biology

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