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A Tertiary Mammalian Fauna from the San Antonio Mountains near Tonopah, Nevada

Henshaw, Paul C. (1942) A Tertiary Mammalian Fauna from the San Antonio Mountains near Tonopah, Nevada. In: Studies of Cenozoic Vertebrates of Western North America and of Fossil Primates. Carnegie Institution of Washington Publication. No.530. , Washington, DC, pp. 77-168. https://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:20210820-161032819

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Abstract

Discovery of fossil mammals near Tonopah, Nevada, affords opportunity not only to date significant geologic events in the west central part of the state, but also to describe the plains life of the region during Upper Miocene time. The faunaa contains nineteen species, six of which are known from no other locality. Close association of the mammalian assemblage with remains of diatoms, mollusks, and fishes in the stratigraphic record establishes a definite correlation in time between these groups. The value of the discovery as a record of Upper Miocene life is greatly enhanced by the simultaneous occurrence in a limited area of these two entirely different and complementary facies of contemporary faunas, representing arid plains and inland lake. This association furnishes interesting and detailed information as to the paleogeography of the region. Abundance of individual mammals from a quarry of narrow horizontal and vertical limitations provides a large unmixed fauna on which to base paleoecological studies.


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Additional Information:© 1942 Carnegie Institution of Washington. It is a pleasure to acknowledge the advice and counsel of Dr. Chester Stock, whose indispensable aid and critical reading of the manuscript have been a constant source of encouragement and inspiration. I am indebted to E. L. Furlong, who prepared much of the material and furnished many valuable suggestions. R. W. Wilson kindly contributed a statement regarding the fossil rodents and lagomorphs in the collection. For their courtesy, cooperation, and helpful suggestions I am obligated to the staff of the Museum of Paleontology, University of California. The illustrations were prepared by David P. Willoughby.
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