Biodiversity Response to Climate Change in the Middle Pleistocene: The Porcupine Cave Fauna from Colorado / Edition 1

Biodiversity Response to Climate Change in the Middle Pleistocene: The Porcupine Cave Fauna from Colorado / Edition 1

by Anthony D. Barnosky
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520240820

ISBN-13: 9780520240827

Pub. Date: 08/02/2004

Publisher: University of California Press

This book chronicles the discovery and analysis of animal fossils found in one of the most important paleontological sites in the world—Porcupine Cave, located at an elevation of 9,500 feet in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. With tens of thousands of identified specimens, this site has become the key source of information on the fauna of North America's higher

Overview

This book chronicles the discovery and analysis of animal fossils found in one of the most important paleontological sites in the world—Porcupine Cave, located at an elevation of 9,500 feet in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. With tens of thousands of identified specimens, this site has become the key source of information on the fauna of North America's higher elevations between approximately 1 million and 600,000 years ago, a period that saw the advance and retreat of glaciers numerous times. Until now, little has been understood about how this dramatic climate change affected life during the middle Pleistocene.
In addition to presenting state-of-the-art data from Porcupine Cave, this study also presents groundbreaking analysis on what the data from the site show about the evolutionary and ecological adjustments that occurred in this period, shedding light on how one of the world's most pressing environmental concerns—global climate change—can influence life on earth.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520240827
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
08/02/2004
Pages:
407
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 1.25(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
List of Chapter Appendixes
List of Figures
List of Tables
Abbreviations and Definitions

I. The Discovery and Distribution of Fossils
II. Systematic Accounts of Taxa
III. Effect of Environmental Change on the Porcupine Cave Fauna

Literature Cited
List of Contributors

Index

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