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Special Issues

The University of Wyoming Department of Geology and Geophysics has published four special issues of Contributions to Geology (now Rocky Mountain Geology). Information about those issues, along with links to view and download them are below.

Series: Contributions to Geology, Special Paper No. 1

Title: Taphonomy and population dynamics of an early Pliocene vertebrate fauna, Knox County, Nebraska

Year: 1969

Author: Michael R. Voorhies

Pages: 69

Description: Determines from geological and biological evidence how a concentration of fossil bones originated. The Verdigre quarry of earliest Pliocene age in the Valentine Formation, northeastern Nebraska, forms the basis for the investigation.

EISBN: 978-0-9897626-0-1

Series: Contributions to Geology, Special Paper No. 2

Title: Late Pliocene and Pleistocene history of the Donnelly Ranch vertebrate site, southwestern Colorado

Year: 1974

Author: Michael W. Hager

Pages: 62

Description: Two superposed faunas were discovered in southeastern Colorado at the Donnelly Ranch vertebrate site. Sediments containing a late Blancan assemblage are unconformably overlain by sediments containing a Rancho La Brean assemblage.

EISBN: 978-0-9897626-1-8

Series: Contributions to Geology, Special Paper No. 3

Title: Vertebrates, Phylogeny, and Philosophy

Year: 1986

Editors: Kathryn M. Flanagan and Jason A. Lillegraven

Pages: 360

Description: A sampling of the diversity of George Gaylord Simpson’s impact on present vertebrate paleontology, from its most senior to its very junior participants. Though individual articles deal almost exclusively with fossil mammals, emphases cross the spectrum of evolutionary biology, including systematic paleontology, considerations of adaptation, ontogeny, analyses of evolutionary tempo and mode, biogeographic procedure, and paleo geography.

ISBN: 0-941570-02-9
EISBN: 978-0-9897626-2-5

Series: Contributions to Geology, Special Paper No. 4

Title: Skull Morphology of Lambdopsalis bulla (Mammalia, Multituberculata) and its Implications to Mammalian Evolution

Year: 1988

Author: Miao Desui

Pages: 104

Description: Multituberculates are an extinct mammalian order that lived in Mesozoic and early Cenozoic eras. Lambdopsalis, a Paleocene multituberculate recovered in China, preserves cranial remains that allow in this study: (1) a description of its skull morphology; (2) a reconstruction of its nonfossilized structures such as the cranial nerve system and major cranial vasculature; (3) an analysis of functional adaptation of its auditory system; and (4) an interpretation of phylogenic relationships within multituberculates themselves and among other major mammalian groups.

ISBN: 0-941570-09-6
EISBN: 978-0-9897626-3-2

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