Pisonia rockshelter, layer V, Aguiguan (Holocene of Northern Mariana Islands)

Where: Northern Mariana Islands (14.9° N, 145.6° E: paleocoordinates 14.9° N, 145.6° E)

• coordinate based on nearby landmark

• outcrop-level geographic resolution

When: Holocene (0.0 - 0.0 Ma)

• Layer V may be partly pre-human in age, based on a sharp decline in pottery content, lack of charcoal, and scarcity of burned bones.

• bed-level stratigraphic resolution

Environment/lithology: fissure fill; lithology not reported

Size class: macrofossils

Collected by D.W. Steadman, C.C. Bodner, S.R. Derrickson, J.D. Groves, D.S. Lee in 1994

Primary reference: D. W. Steadman. 1999. The prehistory of vertebrates, especially birds, on Tinian, Aguiguan, and Rota, Northern Mariana Islands. Micronesica 31:319-345 [M. Clapham/M. Clapham]more details

Purpose of describing collection: general faunal/floral analysis

PaleoDB collection 194645: authorized by Matthew Clapham, entered by Matthew Clapham on 24.06.2018

Creative Commons license: CC BY (attribution)

Taxonomic list

 Charadriiformes - Laridae
Anous stolidus Linnaeus 1758 brown noddy
"Gygis candida" = Gygis alba candida Gmelin 1789 Pacific white tern
 Charadriiformes - Charadriidae
Pluvialis fulva Gmelin 1789 Pacific golden-plover
 Columbiformes - Columbidae
Columbidae indet., "Gallicolumba xanthonura" = Alopecoenas xanthonurus
Columbidae indet. Illiger 1811 dove
"Gallicolumba xanthonura" = Alopecoenas xanthonurus Temminck 1823 white-throated ground-dove
 Passeriformes - Sturnidae
Aplonis opaca Kittlitz 1833 Micronesian starling
 Passeriformes - Zosteropidae
Zosterops conspicillatus Kittlitz 1833 bridled white-eye
 Gruiformes - Rallidae
Rallidae indet. Vigors 1825 rail
Porzana sp. Vieillot 1816 rail
Gallirallus sp. Lafresnaye 1841 rail
 Pelecaniformes - Phaethontidae
Phaethon lepturus Daudin 1802 white-tailed tropicbird
 Squamata -
Squamata indet. squamates
 Primates - Hominidae
Homo sapiens Linnaeus 1758 human