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Small Mammals from a Holocene Sequence in Central Texas and Their Paleoenvironmental Implications

Alisa J. Winkler
The Southwestern Naturalist
Vol. 35, No. 2 (Jun., 1990), pp. 199-205
DOI: 10.2307/3671542
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3671542
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Small Mammals from a Holocene Sequence in Central Texas and Their Paleoenvironmental Implications
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Abstract

An abundant and diverse vertebrate fauna including 15 taxa of small mammals has been recovered from the Wilson-Leonard archaeological site (41 WM 235), Williamson Co., Texas. Faunal remains are from a 4.5-m continuous stratigraphic section dating from over 9,000 YBP to <2,000 YBP. The presence of Microtus pinetorum-ochrogaster (pine vole-prairie vole), Oryzomys palustris (northern rice rat), and Blarina sp. (short-tailed shrew) in the sequence suggest moister conditions in central Texas during that time interval.

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