Ice Age Cave Faunas of North America

Ice Age Cave Faunas of North America

Edited by Blaine W. Schubert, Jim I. Mead and Russell Wm. Graham
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 11/10/2003
Format: Hardback 79 b&w photos, 1 index
ISBN: 978-0-253-34268-3
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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.

Author Bio

Blaine W. Schubert is research associate in Geology, Department of Environmental Dynamics at the University of Arkansas.

Jim I. Mead, is Professor of Geology and Paleonotology and Director of the Quaternary Sciences Program at Northern Arizona University.

Russell Wm. Graham is Chief Curator and Head of the Collections and Research Branch, Department of Earth and Space Sciences, Denver Museum of Nature & Science. He has edited three books and published more than 50 professional papers on evolution, biogeography, and extinction of Quaternary mammals.


“Gathers into a single volume the findings of a number of studies on North American cave paleontology. Discusses the significance of cave fossils, the reports about new localities, and studies of specific vertebrate groups. ”

“This book provides a sampling of Quaternary-aged vertebrate faunas from localities ranging from Alaska to Mexico and California to Florida. The papers focus mainly on Pleistocene mammals [and discuss] the complete faunule recovered from individual cave localities [or] a single fossil group, such as ground sloths or tapirs . . . [They] include an extensive discussion (and description, in some cases) of the fossils from particular localities [and] paleobiological and/or stratigraphic interpretations of the fossil assemblages. Highly recommended for universities and museums conducting vertebrate paleontology research.July 2004”
 — T. J. Kroeger, Bemidji State University

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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