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The Early and Middle Pleistocene Avifauna from Porcupine Cave

Steven D. Emslie

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/9780520240827.003.0012
The Early and Middle Pleistocene Avifauna from Porcupine Cave

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The avifauna fossils represent at least 45 taxa, and include species reported as fossils for the first time in North America (e.g., the curlew Numenius madagascariensis or Numenius arquata). This chapter examines avian fossils found in the Porcupine Cave. Nearly 200 avian fossils were recovered from the deposits. The new records from Porcupine Cave add considerably to the diversity of birds known from the region and provide important information on the composition of avian communities in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.

Keywords: avifauna; avifauna fossils; Numenius madagascariensis; Numenius arquata; avian fossils; Porcupine Cave; birds; Rocky Mountains

Chapter.  8347 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Evolutionary Biology

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