This book gathers the findings of a number of studies on North American cave paleontology. Although not intended to be all-inclusive, Ice Age Cave Faunas of North America contains contributions that range from overviews of the significance of cave fossils to reports about new localities and studies of specific vertebrate groups. These essays describe how cave remains record the evolutionary patterns of organisms and their biogeography, how they can help reconstruct past ecosystems and climatic fluctuations, how they provide an important record of the evolution of modern ecosystems, and even how some of these caves contain traces of human activity. The book’s eclectic nature should appeal to students, professional and amateur paleontologists, biologists, geologists, speleologists, and cavers. The contributors are Ticul Alvarez, Joaquin Arroyo-Cabrales, Christopher J. Bell, Larry L. Coats, Jennifer Glennon, Wulf Gose, Frederick Grady, Russell Wm. Graham, Timothy H. Heaton, Carmen J. Jans-Langel, Ernest L. Lundelius, Jr., H. Gregory McDonald, Jim I. Mead, Oscar J. Polaco, Blaine W. Schubert, Holmes A. Semken, Jr., and Alisa J. Winkler.
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Table of Contents
Preliminary Table of Contents:
List of Contributors
1. Sloth Remains from North American Caves and Associated Karst Features
H. Gregory McDonald
2. The Late Wisconsin Vertebrate History of Prince of Wales Island, Southeast Alaska
Timothy H. Heaton and Fredrick Grady
3. Arvicoline Rodents from Screaming Neotoma Cave, Southern Colorado Plateau, Apache County, Arizona, with Comments on the Pleistocene Biogeography of Lemmiscus curtatus
Christopher J. Bell and Jennifer Glennon
4. Late Pleistocene Faunas from Caves in the Eastern Grand Canyon, Arizona
Jim I. Mead, Larry L. Coats, and Blaine W. Schubert
5. Pleistocene Tapir from Hill Top Cave, Trigg County, Kentucky, and a Review of Plio-Pleistocene Tapirs of North America and Their Paleoecology
Russell Wm. Graham
6. Paleoecological Interpretation of Late Holocene and Late Pleistocene Micromammal Faunules from Duhme Cave, Eastern Iowa
Carmen M. Jans-Langel and Holmes A. Semken, Jr.
7. A Late Pleistocene and Early Holocene Mammalian Fauna from Little Beaver Cave, Central Ozarks, Missouri
Blaine W. Schubert
8. A History of Paleontological Investigations of Quaternary Cave Deposits on the Edwards Plateau, Central Texas
Ernest L. Lundelius, Jr.
9. Mammalian Fauna and Paleomagnetics of the Middle Irvingtonian (Early Pleistocene) Fyllan Cave and Kitchen Door Localities, Travis County, Texas
Alisa J. Winkler and Wulf Gose
10. A Preliminary Report of the Late Quaternary Mammal Fauna from Loltún Cave, Yucatán, Mexico
Joaquin Arroyo-Cabrales and Ticul Alvarez (deceased)
11. Caves and the Pleistocene Vertebrate Paleontology of Mexico
Joaquin Arroyo-Cabrales and Oscar J. Polaco
Ticul Alvarez (deceased), Laboratorio de Cordados Terrestres, Escuela Nacional de Ciencias Biológicas, I.P.N., Plan de Ayala y Carpio, 11340 México, D.F.
Joaquin Arroyo-Cabrales, Laboratorio de Paleozoología, Instituto Nacional de Antropol