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SNAKE CREEK BURIAL CAVE AND A REVIEW OF THE QUATERNARY MUSTELIDS OF THE GREAT BASIN

Emilee M. Mead and Jim I. Mead
The Great Basin Naturalist
Vol. 49, No. 2 (30 April 1989), pp. 143-154
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/41712498
Page Count: 12
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SNAKE CREEK BURIAL CAVE AND A REVIEW OF THE QUATERNARY MUSTELIDS OF THE GREAT BASIN
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Abstract

Snake Creek Burial Cave (SCBC), east central Nevada, is a unique paleontological deposit. The cave is the first natural trap excavated in the Great Basin and one of the few localities describing a valley-bottom community. The recovery of extinct Camelops sp. (camel) and Equus spp. (horse), in addition to radiometrie dates, indicates at least some of the deposits to be of late Pleistocene age. Eight mustelid species have been identified from SCBC, including three species not previously reported from the late Rancholabrean of the Great Basin: Mustela nigripes (black-footed ferret), M. nivalis (least weasel), and Guio guio (wolverine). A review of late Pleistocene deposits indicates that there are more species of mustelids recovered from Snake Creek Burial Cave than from any other locality in the Great Basin.

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