Coxcatlan Cave Zone XXVIII (Pleistocene of Mexico)

Also known as Tc 50

Where: Puebla, Mexico (18.3° N, 97.2° W: paleocoordinates 18.3° N, 97.2° W)

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

• bed/horizon: Zone XXVIII

Environment/lithology: cave

• "yellow rock dust"; Pleistocene age of zones XXVIII - XXV is challenged by Hardy 1996, but a) none of the three lower zones is carbon dated, b) all three include Equus, c) all four include Antilocapra, Lepus, and Gopherus, and lack Odocoileus and Sylvilagus, which are abundant in all higher levels, and d) there is a lithological break above zone XXV, so I accept Flannery's provisional Pleistocene date for the three lowest levels

Collection methods: quarrying

Primary reference: K. V. Flannery. 1967. Vertebrate fauna and hunting patterns. The Prehistory of the Tehuacan Valley. Volume 1: Environment and Subsistence 132-177 [J. Alroy/J. Alroy]more details

PaleoDB collection 71306: authorized by John Alroy, entered by John Alroy on 13.02.1999

Creative Commons license: CC BY (attribution)

Taxonomic list

 Rodentia - Cricetidae
Neotoma mexicana Baird 1855 Mexican woodrat
"Neotoma alleni" = Hodomys alleni Merriam 1892 mouse
Peromyscus sp. Gloger 1841 deer mouse
 Rodentia - Sciuridae
Sciuridae indet. Gray 1821 squirrel
 Lagomorpha - Leporidae
Lepus sp. Linnaeus 1758 hare
some specimens may be Sylvilagus sp.
 Perissodactyla - Equidae
Equus sp. Linnaeus 1758 horse
 Carnivora - Mustelidae
Mustelidae indet. Fischer 1817 mustelid carnivore
Spilogale or Conepatus or both
 Carnivora - Canidae
Vulpes sp. Frisch 1775 fox
Flannery 1983: "fox"
 Artiodactyla - Antilocapridae
Antilocapra americana Ord 1815 pronghorn
see also Flannery 1983