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Arvicoline Rodents from Porcupine Cave

Christopher J. Bell, Charles A. Repenning and Anthony D. Barnosky

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/9780520240827.003.0019
Arvicoline Rodents from Porcupine Cave

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The arvicolines are a taxonomically diverse assemblage of rodents that includes voles, lemmings, and muskrats and their extinct kin. This chapter presents a summary of the fossil arvicoline rodent specimens recovered from each locality in Porcupine Cave and explains the dental characteristics that were used to identify them. It describes the distribution of each taxon within Porcupine Cave, as well as the known geographic and temporal distribution. The chapter also discusses the biodiversity, biogeography, and chronologic significance of arvicoline rodents.

Keywords: rodents; voles; lemmings; muskrats; arvicoline rodent; Porcupine Cave

Chapter.  46425 words. 

Subjects: Evolutionary Biology

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