Laubach Cave (Pleistocene of the United States)

Where: Williamson County, Texas (30.6° N, 97.7° W: paleocoordinates 30.6° N, 97.7° W)

• coordinate based on nearby landmark

• small collection-level geographic resolution

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

• cave deposit within the Edwards Limestone

•"the fauna [may belong] to the last major interglacial or interstadial, i.e., 25,000-45,000 B.P. This, of course, is purely conjectural"

• member-level stratigraphic resolution

Environment/lithology: cave; lithology not reported

Size class: macrofossils

Preservation: bone collector

Collected in 1963

Collection methods: surface (in situ),

• discovered by the Texas Highway Department while "drilling 4" core holes... seeking information for the footing of a proposed overpass"

•material is in the Shuler Museum of Paleontology at Southern Methodist University

Primary reference: B. H. Slaughter. 1966. Platygonus compressus and associated fauna from the Laubach Cave of Texas. American Midland Naturalist 75(2):475-494 [J. Alroy/J. Alroy]more details

Purpose of describing collection: taxonomic analysis

PaleoDB collection 79683: authorized by John Alroy, entered by John Alroy on 17.03.2008

Creative Commons license: CC BY (attribution)

Taxonomic list

 Rodentia - Cricetidae
Neotoma sp. Say and Ord 1825 pack rat
 Rodentia - Sciuridae
Cynomys ludovicianus Ord 1815 black-tailed prairie dog
 Lagomorpha - Leporidae
Sylvilagus sp. Gray 1867 cottontail rabbit
 Carnivora - Canidae
Canis cf. dirus Leidy 1858 dire wolf
Canis latrans Say 1823 coyote
 Carnivora - Felidae
Lynx rufus Schreber 1777 bobcat
Panthera onca Linnaeus 1758 jaguar
"Panthera onca augusta"
 Proboscidea - Proboscidea
Proboscidea indet. proboscidean
 Chiroptera - Vespertilionidae
Myotis sp. Kaup 1829 vesper bat
 Ungulata - Tayassuidae
Platygonus compressus Leconte 1848 peccary
 Ungulata - Camelidae
Camelops sp. Leidy 1854 camel