Friesenhahn Cave: Late Pleistocene paleoecology and predator-prey relationships of mammoths with an extinct scimitar cat

Russell W. Graham, Ernest L. Lundelius, Laurence Meissner

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Abstract

The purpose of this trip is to visit an internationally famous Quaternary vertebrate paleontology site, Friesenhahn Cave, on the eastern margin of the Edwards Plateau in the heart of the central Texas Hill Country. This site has a very long history of scientifi c investigations beginning in the early twentieth century and continuing today. The cave has produced the fossil remains of more than 50 vertebrate taxa, including amphibians, reptiles and mammals. However, the abundant remains of an extinct scimitar cat, Homotherium serum, including juvenile individuals along with hundreds of teeth, cranial, and postcranial elements of juvenile mammoths, Mammuthus cf. M. columbi, make it an especially unique site. Our visit to Friesenhahn Cave will focus on its physical setting, cave sediment stratigraphy, potential age and taphonomy as they relate to the adaptations of Homotherium in the late Pleistocene of central Texas and its relationship to its potential prey, juvenile mammoths. We will also discuss recent studies of the cave itself, and its protection for future investigations by Concordia College.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationLate Cretaceous to Quaternary Strata and Fossils of Texas
Subtitle of host publicationField Excursions Celebrating 125 Years of GSA and Texas Geology, GSA South-Central Section Meetig, Austin, Texas, April 2013
PublisherGeological Society of America
Pages15-31
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)9780813700304
DOIs
StatePublished - 2013

Publication series

NameGSA Field Guides
Volume30

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geology
  • Earth-Surface Processes
  • Stratigraphy
  • Palaeontology

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    Graham, R. W., Lundelius, E. L., & Meissner, L. (2013). Friesenhahn Cave: Late Pleistocene paleoecology and predator-prey relationships of mammoths with an extinct scimitar cat. In Late Cretaceous to Quaternary Strata and Fossils of Texas: Field Excursions Celebrating 125 Years of GSA and Texas Geology, GSA South-Central Section Meetig, Austin, Texas, April 2013 (pp. 15-31). (GSA Field Guides; Vol. 30). Geological Society of America. https://doi.org/10.1130/2013.0030(02)