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Friesenhahn Cave: Late Pleistocene paleoecology and predator-prey relationships of mammoths with an extinct scimitar cat

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Russell W. Graham
Russell W. Graham
Earth and Mineral Sciences Museum, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania 16802, USA
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Ernest L. Lundelius, Jr.
Ernest L. Lundelius, Jr.
Vertebrate Paleontology Laboratory, J.J. Pickle Research Center, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas 78712, USA
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Laurence Meissner
Laurence Meissner
Department of Biology, Concordia University, Austin, Texas 78726, USA
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Keith Muhlestein
Keith Muhlestein
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Published:
January 01, 2013

ABSTRACT

The purpose of this trip is to visit an internationally famous Quaternary vertebrate paleontology site, Friesenhahn Cave, on the eastern margin of the Edwards Plateau in the heart of the central Texas Hill Country. This site has a very long history of scientific investigations beginning in the early twentieth century and continuing today. The cave has produced the fossil remains of more than 50 vertebrate taxa, including amphibians, reptiles and mammals. However, the abundant remains of an extinct scimitar cat, Homotherium serum, including juvenile individuals along with hundreds of teeth, cranial, and postcranial elements of juvenile mammoths, Mammuthus cf. M. columbi, make it an especially unique site. Our visit to Friesenhahn Cave will focus on its physical setting, cave sediment stratigraphy, potential age and taphonomy as they relate to the adaptations of Homotherium in the late Pleistocene of central Texas and its relationship to its potential prey, juvenile mammoths. We will also discuss recent studies of the cave itself, and its protection for future investigations by Concordia College.

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GSA Field Guide

Late Cretaceous to Quaternary Strata and Fossils of Texas: Field Excursions Celebrating 125 Years of GSA and Texas Geology, GSA South-Central Section Meeting, Austin, Texas, April 2013

Brian B. Hunt
Brian B. Hunt
Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District 1124 Regal Row Austin, Texas 78748 USA
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Elizabeth J. Catlos
Elizabeth J. Catlos
Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District 1124 Regal Row Austin, Texas 78748 USA
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Geological Society of America
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30
ISBN electronic:
9780813756301
Publication date:
January 01, 2013

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