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Quaternary Rodents and Lagomorphs of San Josecito Cave, Nuevo Leon, Mexico

Cushing, J. E., Jr. (1945) Quaternary Rodents and Lagomorphs of San Josecito Cave, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. Journal of Mammalogy, 26 (2). pp. 182-185. ISSN 0022-2372. doi:10.2307/1375094.

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This paper is a report on the rodents and lagomorphs found in the deposits of San Josecito Cave, near the town of Aramberri, southern Nuevo Leon, Mexico. The cave is approximately 7,400 feet above sea-level in mountainous country that, in this vicinity, supports a forest cover of pine and oak. The inhabitants of the region long believed that the cave contained buried treasure and in searching for this disturbed the floor to a depth of several feet. Subsequent operations by workers from the California Institute of Technology extended the diggings some sixty or seventy feet, which evidentally is near the bottom of the fossiliferous deposit. The cave accumulation includes a wealth of ossiferous material, the remains of thousands of individuals that either fell or were carried into the cave in late Pleistocene time. The fauna includes antelope (Stockoceros conklingi), deer, large ovibovid (Preptoceras), horse (Equus), ground sloth (Nothrotherium), sabre tooth cat (Smilodon), dire wolf (Aenocyon) and a vampire bat. Some of these forms are well represented. There is likewise a large variety of smaller mammals and birds (Miller, 1943).

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Additional Information:© 1945 American Society of Mammalogists. The deposit was called to the attention of the California Institute of Technology by J. W. Patterson and has been extensively excavated under the direction of Dr. Chester Stock. It was at the suggestion of Dr. Stock and under his guidance that the present study was carried out. I should like to thank persons in charge of the Donald R. Dickey Collection, the U. S. National Museum, the California Academy of Sciences, and the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, University of California, for advice and for the loan of several specimens.
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Official Citation:Cushing, J. E. “Quaternary Rodents and Lagomorphs of San Josecito Cave, Nuevo Leon, Mexico.” Journal of Mammalogy, vol. 26, no. 2, [American Society of Mammalogists, Oxford University Press], 1945, pp. 182–85,
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