Little Beaver Cave - MVC collection (Pleistocene to of the United States)

Where: Phelps County, Missouri (37.6° N, 91.8° W: paleocoordinates 37.6° N, 91.8° W)

• coordinate estimated from map

• small collection-level geographic resolution

When: Late/Upper Pleistocene to Late/Upper Pleistocene (0.1 - 0.0 Ma)

• Cave sediments; MVC (Milton Varney Collection) locality details are not published

Environment/lithology: terrestrial

• Specimens derived from surface pick-up and sediments within Little Beaver Cave; Cave is "formed in uppermost portion of the Gasconade Formation, a dolomitic Ordovician unit." (p. 152)

Size classes: macrofossils, mesofossils

Collection methods: surface (float),

• Specimens are curated at the Illinois State Museum

Primary reference: B. W. Schubert. 2003. A late Pleistocene and early Holocene mammalian fauna from Little Beaver Cave, Central Ozarks, Missouri. Pp. 149-200 in Ice Age Cave Faunas of North America (B. W. Schubert, J. I. Mead, and R. W. Graham, eds.). Indiana University Press, Bloomington. [C. Bell/C. Bell]more details

Purpose of describing collection: taxonomic analysis

PaleoDB collection 63563: authorized by Chris Bell, entered by Chris Bell on 16.08.2006

Creative Commons license: CC BY (attribution)

Taxonomic list

 Rodentia - Cricetidae
Neotoma sp. Say and Ord 1825 pack rat
 Rodentia - Sciuridae
cf. Sciurus sp. Linnaeus 1758 squirrel
Marmota sp. Frisch 1775 marmot
 Rodentia - Geomyidae
Geomys sp. Rafinesque 1817 pocket gopher
 Rodentia - Castoridae
Castor canadensis Kuhl 1820 American beaver
 Lagomorpha - Leporidae
Sylvilagus sp. Gray 1867 cottontail rabbit
 Lipotyphla - Talpidae
Scalopus aquaticus Linnaeus 1758 eastern mole
 Carnivora - Mephitidae
Mephitis mephitis Schreber 1776 striped skunk
 Carnivora - Procyonidae
Procyon lotor Linnaeus 1758 raccoon
 Carnivora - Mustelidae
Mustela cf. frenata Lichtenstein 1831 long-tailed weasel
 Cingulata - Dasypodidae
Dasypus cf. bellus Simpson 1929 beautiful armadillo
 Xenarthra - Megalonychidae
Megalonyx jeffersonii Desmarest 1822 Jefferson's ground sloth
 Ungulata - Tayassuidae
Mylohyus nasutus Leidy 1868 peccary
 Ungulata - Suidae
Sus scrofa Linnaeus 1758 wild boar
probably derived from historical grazing stock
 Ungulata - Cervidae
Odocoileus sp. Rafinesque 1832 New World deer
"Odocoileus virginianus or O. hemionus"
 Didelphimorphia - Didelphidae
Didelphis virginiana Kerr 1792 Virginia opossum
originally entered as "Didelphis virginianus"