Synopsis of the Herpetofauna from Porcupine Cave

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

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:
Synopsis of the Herpetofauna from Porcupine Cave

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This chapter examines the fossil herpetofauna of Porcupine Cave. It documents the presence and taxonomic diversity of amphibians (salamanders and anurans) and reptiles (lizards and snakes) that are recovered from the cave, and explores the paleoclimatic information which can be derived from the study of these remains when they occur in controlled stratigraphic contexts. The combined sample of amphibians and reptiles from all localities within the cave includes only 141 specimens representing a minimum of seven taxa. Snakes are represented by a greater number of fossil specimens (117) than any other herpetofaunal group from Porcupine Cave.

Keywords: herpetofauna; Porcupine Cave; amphibians; salamanders; anurans; reptiles; lizards; snakes

Chapter.  5909 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Evolutionary Biology

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