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Osteological assessment of Pleistocene Camelops hesternus (Camelidae, Camelinae, Camelini) from Alaska and Yukon. (American Museum novitates, no. 3866)

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dc.contributor.author Zazula, Grant D.
dc.contributor.author MacPhee, R. D. E.
dc.contributor.author Hall, Elizabeth (Paleontologist)
dc.contributor.author Hewitson, Susan.
dc.date.accessioned 2016-10-19T22:25:33Z
dc.date.available 2016-10-19T22:25:33Z
dc.date.issued 2016-10-19
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2246/6677
dc.description 45 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), map ; 26 cm. en_US
dc.description.abstract During the past century, fossils of Pleistocene camels have been occasionally reported from unglaciated regions of Alaska and Yukon (collectively known as eastern Beringia), yet detailed descriptions of these materials are limited or lacking altogether. The detailed osteological treatment presented here establishes that these fossils are virtually indistinguishable from the species Camelops hesternus, a common member of Blancan to Rancholabrean faunas and known best from temperate regions of western North America. Metrically, high-latitude members of C. hesternus seem to have been smaller bodied than representatives from more southerly parts of the species range, a finding that is consistent with body-mass differences among populations of other large mammals whose ranges extended into the far north. The presence of C. hesternus in Alaska and Yukon was likely episodic, limited to relatively warm intervals such as the Last Interglaciation (Sangamonian). en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher American Museum of Natural History. en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries American Museum novitates;no.3866.
dc.subject Camelops hesternus. en_US
dc.subject Camelidae, Fossil. en_US
dc.subject Alaska. en_US
dc.subject Yukon. en_US
dc.title Osteological assessment of Pleistocene Camelops hesternus (Camelidae, Camelinae, Camelini) from Alaska and Yukon. (American Museum novitates, no. 3866) en_US
dc.title.alternative Camelops osteology. en_US


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    Novitates (Latin for "new acquaintances"), published continuously and numbered consecutively since 1921, are short papers that contain descriptions of new forms and reports in zoology, paleontology, and geology. New numbers are published at irregular intervals.

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