bird logo

Arthur H. Harris

rule
Harris photo

Dr. Harris is Past Director of the Laboratory for Environmental Biology (now the UTEP Biodiversity Collections), Curator of Higher Vertebrates, and Curator of Vertebrate Paleobiology. He also is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Biological Sciences, University of Texas at El Paso. He received his Ph.D. degree from the University of New Mexico in 1965, majoring in vertebrate biology and minoring in geochronology.

Although trained primarily as a mammalogist, research in recent years has primarily been in Pleistocene vertebrate paleontology. Current research projects include study of the Pleistocene fauna of Sierra Diablo Cave, Hudspeth County, TX.

Current projects also include continual updating of the web book, Pleistocene Vertebrates of Arizona, New Mexico, and Trans-Pecos Texas. An earlier version (April 2013) also is available as an e-book.

View of Pendejo Cave

Pendejo Cave, Otero County, New Mexico (© A. H. Harris).

rule

Publications

(Reprints of some are available on request. Those marked with a "pdf" link may be downloaded as a pdf file; please use only under the rules of "fair use"):

Harris, A. H. 1957. Javelina survey, Peloncillo Mountain area. New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, Job Completion Report, 10 pp.

Harris, A. H. 1958. Preliminary survey of the vertebrates of the Navajo Dam area. Pp. 109-210, in Recent developments in Navajo Project salvage archaeology (A. E. Dittert, Jr.). El Palacio 65:201-211. pdf

Harris, A. H. 1959. Second record of the Arizona lyre snake in New Mexico. Southwestern Naturalist 4:42.

Harris, A. H. 1960. Vertebrate investigations in the Navajo Dam area, 1959. El Palacio 67:32.

Jones, C. J., E. D. Fleharty, and A. H. Harris. 1960. Unusual habitats of the grasshopper mouse in New Mexico. Journal of Mammalogy 41:275-276.

Harris, A. H., and J. S. Findley. 1962. The status of Myotis lucifugus phasma and comments on variation in Myotis yumanensis. Journal of Mammalogy 43:192-199.

Harris, A. H., and E. D. Fleharty. 1962. Extra tooth in the long-tailed vole. Journal of Mammalogy 43:267-268.

Harris, A. H. (with sections by W. J. Koster and D. M. Niles). 1963. Ecological distribution of some vertebrates in the San Juan Basin, New Mexico. Museum of New Mexico Press, Papers in Anthropology 8:1-64. pdf (large file: 15.5 meg).

Harris, A. H. (with a section by F. W. Eddy). 1963. Vertebrate remains and past environmental reconstruction in the Navajo Reservoir District. Museum of New Mexico Press, Papers in Anthropology 11:1-71.

Harris, A. H., and J. S. Findley. 1964. Pleistocene-Recent fauna of the Isleta Caves, Bernalillo County, New Mexico. American Journal of Science 262:114-120. pdf

Harris, A. H. 1967. Ecological and geographic distribution of vertebrates in the Shiprock area, San Juan County, New Mexico. Pp. 14-71, in An archaeological survey of the Chuska Valley and the Chaco Plateau, New Mexico (A. H. Harris, J. Schoenwetter, and A. H. Warren). Museum of New Mexico Research Records 4:1-144. pdf.

Harris, A. H. 1968. Mammals of the El Paso area. Pp. 51-55, in Geology of the El Paso area, Texas and New Mexico. El Paso Geological Society and Permian Basin Section Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists, 55 pp.

Harris, A. H. 1968. Faunal remains from LA 6461, LA 6462, and LA 6455. Pp. 198-235, in The Cochiti Dam archaeological salvage project. Part I, Report on the 1963 season (C. H. Lange, assembl.). Museum of New Mexico Research Records 6:1-330.

Harris, A. H. 1970. The Dry Cave mammalian fauna and late pluvial conditions in southeastern New Mexico. Texas Journal of Science 22:3-27. pdf.

Harris, A. H. 1970. Past climate of the Navajo Reservoir District. American Antiquity 35:374-377. pdf.

Harris, A. H. 1971. Use of Texas caves by terrestrial mammals. Pp. 117-121, in Natural history of Texas caves (E. L. Lundelius and B. H. Slaughter, eds.). Gulf Natural History, Dallas, 174 pp.

Harris, A. H., R. A. Smartt, and W. R. Smartt. 1973. Cryptotis parva from the Pleistocene of New Mexico. Journal of Mammalogy 54:512-513.pdf.

Harris, A. H. 1974. Myotis yumanensis in interior southwestern North America, with comments on Myotis lucifugus. Journal of Mammalogy 55:512-513.

Harris, A. H., and P. Mundel. 1974. Size reduction in bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis) at the close of the Pleistocene. Journal of Mammalogy 55:678-680. pdf.

Harris, A. H. 1975. Appendix 3 (part). Mammals of the Hueco Mountains. Pp. 101-103, in A preliminary archeological reconnaissance of selected public free school lands in El Paso County, Texas. General Land Office and Texas Historical Commission, Archeological Survey Report 13:1-118.

Harris, A. H. 1976. Paleontology. Pp. 19-21, in National cave management symposium, proceedings. Speleobooks, Albuquerque, 146 pp.

Van Devender, T. R., K. B. Moodie, and A. H. Harris. 1976. The desert tortoise in the Pleistocene of the northern Chihuahuan Desert. Herpetologica 32:298-304. pdf

Harris, A. H. 1976. Mammals of the Franklin Mountains and vicinity. Pp. 213-228, in Symposium on the stratigraphy and structure of the Franklin Mountains (D. V. LeMone and E. M. P. Lovejoy, eds.). El Paso Geological Society, Quinn Memorial Volume, El Paso.

Magish, D. P., and A. H. Harris. 1976. Fossil ravens from the Pleistocene of Dry Cave, Eddy County, New Mexico. Condor 78:399-404. pdf.

Harris, A. H. 1977. Appendix A. Faunal remains from Chimney Rock Mesa. Pp. 73-76, in Archaeological investigations at Chimney Rock Mesa: 1970-1972 (F. W. Eddy, ed.). Memoir Colorado Archaeological Society 1:1-91. pdf.

Harris, A. H. 1977. Biotic environments of the paleoindians. Pp. 1-12, in Paleoindian Lifeways (E. Johnson, ed.). The Museum Journal, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, 197 pp.

Harris, A. H. 1977. Wisconsin age environments in the northern Chihuahuan Desert: Evidence from the higher vertebrates. Pp. 23-52, in Transactions--Symposium on the biological resources of the Chihuahuan Desert region, United States and Mexico (R. H. Wauer and D. H.Riskind, eds.). National Park Service Transactions & Proceedings Series 3:1-658.

Harris, A. H. 1978. The paleontology of Dry Cave. Pp. 69-77, in The caves of McKittrick Hill, Eddy County, New Mexico (C. E. Kunath, ed.). Texas Speleological Survey, Austin, 87 pp.

Harris, A. H. 1978. The Mummy Cave tetrapods. Pp. 146-150, in The Mummy Cave Project in northwestern Wyoming (H. McCracken, et al.), Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody, 160 pp. pdf.

Smartt, R. A., and A. H. Harris. 1980. A record of spruce (Pinaceae: Picea) from the Pleistocene of south-central New Mexico. Southwestern Naturalist 24:710. pdf.

Harris, A. H. 1980. The paleontology of Dry Cave, New Mexico. National Geographic Society Research Reports 12:331-338.

Harris, A. H., and L. S. W. Porter. 1980. Appendix E. The faunal remains from the AKE Site. Pp. 269-286, in The AKE Site: Collection and excavation of LA 13423, Catron County, New Mexico (P. H. Beckett). Cultural Resource Management Division, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, 307 pp. pdf.

Harris, A. H., and L. S. W. Porter. 1980. Late Pleistocene horses of Dry Cave, Eddy County, New Mexico. Journal of Mammalogy 61:46-65. pdf.

Harris, A. H. 1980. The modern vertebrate fauna of the Van Horn country. New Mexico Geological Society Guidebook 1980:295-297.

Harris, A. H., and C. R. Crews. 1983. Conkling's roadrunner—subspecies of the California roadrunner? Southwestern Naturalist 28:407-412. pdf

Harris, A. H. 1984. Late Wisconsin biotic zones in the interior of western United States and adjacent regions. Current Research (in the Pleistocene) 1:57-58.

Harris, A. H. 1984. Neotoma in the Late Pleistocene of New Mexico and Chihuahua. Special Publications, Carnegie Museum of Natural History 8:164-178. pdf

Harris, A. H. 1984. Two new species of Late Pleistocene woodrats (Cricetidae: Neotoma) from New Mexico. Journal of Mammalogy 65:560-566.

Scarbrough, L. L., and A. H. Harris. 1985. Archaeological excavations: A plea for a more refined technique. The Artifact 23:179-185.

Harris, A. H. 1985. Preliminary report on the vertebrate fauna of U-Bar Cave, Hidalgo County, New Mexico. New Mexico Geology 7:74-77, 84.

Russell, B. D., and A. H. Harris. 1986. A new leporine (Lagomorpha: Leporidae) from Wisconsinan deposits of the Chihuahuan Desert. Journal of Mammalogy 67:632-639. pdf

Harris, A. H. 1987. Reconstruction of mid-Wisconsin environments in southern New Mexico. National Geographic Research 3:142-151. pdf.

Van Devender, T. R., G. L. Bradley, and A. H. Harris. 1987. Late Quaternary mammals from the Hueco Mountains, El Paso and Hudspeth counties, Texas. Southwestern Naturalist 32:179-195.

Harris, A. H. 1988. Late Pleistocene and Holocene Microtus (Pitymys) (Rodentia: Cricetidae) in New Mexico. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 8:307-313.

Harris, A. H. 1989. The New Mexican late Wisconsin—East versus West. National Geographic Research 5:205-217. pdf.

Harris, A. H. 1990. Fossil evidence bearing on Southwestern mammalian biogeography. Journal of Mammalogy 71:219-229. pdf

Harris, A. H. 1990. Taxonomic status of the Pleistocene ringtail Bassariscus sonoitensis (Carnivora). Southwestern Naturalist 35:343-346. pdf.

Harris, A. H. 1991. Preliminary report on the fauna of Pendejo Cave, Otero County, New Mexico. Current Research in the Pleistocene 8:92-93.

Comadurán, O., D. A. Giles, D. V. LeMone, A. H. Harris, and S. Fitzpatrick. 1992. New mammoth fossil locality discovered near Villa Ahumada, Chihuahua. Pp. 107-110, in Geology and mineral resources of northern Sierra Madre Occidental, Mexico (K. F. Clark, J. Roldán Quintana, and R. H. Schmidt, eds.). El Paso Geological Society, Guidebook, 1992 Field Conference. pdf.

Harris, A. H., and L. N. Carraway. 1993. Sorex preblei from the Late Pleistocene of New Mexico. Southwestern Naturalist 38:56-58.

Harris, A. H. 1993. Wisconsinan pre-pleniglacial biotic change in southeastern New Mexico. Quaternary Research 40:127-133.

Harris, A. H. 1993. A Late-Pleistocene occurrence of ermine (Mustela erminea) in southeastern New Mexico. Southwestern Naturalist 38:279-280.

Harris, A. H. 1993. Quaternary vertebrates of New Mexico. Pp. 179-197, in Vertebrate Paleontology in New Mexico (S. G. Lucas and J. Zidek, eds.). New Mexico Museum of Natural History, Bulletin 2:i-vii, 1-338. pdf.

Harris, A. H. 1995. The vertebrate fauna from Pendejo Cave, Otero County, New Mexico. Directorate of Environment, Cultural Resources Branch, U.S. Army Air Defense Artillery Center, Fort Bliss, TX. 60 pp.

Harris, A. H. 1997. Similarity coefficients and relationships of Wisconsinan-age faunas, New Mexico and Trans-Pecos Texas. Pp. 143-154, in Life among the muses: Papers in honor of James S. Findley (Yates, T. L., W. L. Gannon, and D. E. Wilson, eds.). Special Publication, The Museum of Southwestern Biology 3:1-290. pdf.

Harris, A. H. 1997. The Pleistocene fauna from a reputed pre-Clovis site in New Mexico. Pp. 5-9, in Proceedings of the Ninth Jornada Mogollon-Conference, Centro de Investigaciones Arqueologicas Publications in Archaeology, 12:1-216.

Harris, A. H. 1997. Geographic and chronologic patterns in late Pleistocene vertebrate faunas, southern New Mexico. Pp. 129-134, in New Mexico's Fossil Record 1 (Lucas, S. G., J. W. Estep, t. E. Williamson, and G. S. Morgan, eds.), New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, Bulletin No. 11.

Harris, A. H. 1998. The fossil history of shrews in North America. Pp. 133-156, In Evolution of Shrews (Wojcik, J. M, and M. Wolsan, eds.). Mammal Research Institute, Polish Academy of Sciences, Bialowieza, 458 pp.

Mauldin, R., J. D. Leach, H. C. Monger, A. H. Harris, and D. Johnson. 1998. A preliminary report on the Dry Gulch mammoth site, Lincoln County, New Mexico. Current Research in the Pleistocene 15:114-116.

Harris, A. H. 1999. Chapter 7: The nonavian fauna from Picuris Pueblo. Pp. 127-139, in M. A. Adler and H. W. Dick (eds.), Picuris Pueblo through time: Eight centuries of change at a northern Rio Grande Pueblo. William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, 231 pp.

Harris, A. H. 1999. Water Shrew / Sorex palustris. Pp. 38-39, in The Smithsonian Book of North American Mammals (D. E. Wilson and S. Ruff, eds.). Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, D.C., 750 pp.

Harris, A. H. 1999. Yuma Myotis / Myotis yumanensis. Pp. 103-104, in The Smithsonian Book of North American Mammals (D. E. Wilson and S. Ruff, eds.). Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, D.C., 750 pp.

Harris, A. H. 2003. The Pleistocene vertebrate fauna from Pendejo Cave. Pp. 36-65, in Pendejo Cave (R. S. MacNeish and J. G. Libby, eds.), University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque, 526 pp.

Harris, A. H. 2004. Additions to the archaeological fauna of the former Chinatown section of El Paso, Texas. Southwestern Naturalist 49:534-538. pdf

Harris, A. H. 2005. Caves as unique resources for Pleistocene vertebrate faunas. Pp. 249-253, in New Mexico's Ice Ages (S. G. Spencer, G. S. Morgan, and K. E. Zeigler, eds.), New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science, Bulletin 28:1-280.

Harris, A. H. 2006. Preliminary analysis of faunal material from Salmon Ruins. Pp. 1065-1078, in Thirty-five years of archeological research at Salmon Ruins, New Mexico. Vol. 3: Archaeobotanical research and other analytical studies (P. F. Reed, ed.), Center for Desert Archaeology, Tucson, AZ, and Salmon Ruins Museum, Bloomfield, NM.

Lear, L. L., and A. H. Harris. 2007. The Holocene fauna of Big Manhole Cave, Eddy County, New Mexico. Southwestern Naturalist 52:110-115. pdf

LeMone, D. V., P. Goodell, A. H. Harris, and J. W. Winston. 2009. Phosphate rocks: Sustainable secondary source for uranium and their agricultural impact. Conference Proceedings, WM Symposia 2009, 15 pp.

Harris, A. H., and J. Hearst. 2011. Yellow-nosed cotton rat (Sigmodon ochrognathus), a long-time inhabitant of Trans-Pecos Texas and New Mexico. Southwestern Naturalist 56(2):260-262. pdf

Harris, A. H., and J. Hearst. 2012. Late Wisconsin mammalian fauna from Dust Cave, Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Culberson County, Texas. Southwestern Naturalist 57(2):202–206. pdf

BOOKS

Findley, J. S., A. H. Harris, D. E. Wilson, and C. Jones. 1975. Mammals of New Mexico. University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque, 360 pp.

Lang, R. W., and A. H. Harris. 1984. The faunal remains from Arroyo Hondo Pueblo, New Mexico. School of American Research Press, Arroyo Hondo Archaeological Series 5:316 pp.

Harris, A. H. 1985. Late Pleistocene vertebrate paleoecology of the West. University of Texas Press, Austin. 293 pp.

BOOKS ON-LINE

Harris, A. H. 2008 et seq. Pleistocene vertebrates of Arizona, New Mexico, and Trans-Pecos Texas.

E-BOOKS

Harris, A. H. 2012. Pleistocene vertebrates of New Mexico and Trans-Pecos Texas; Part 1 - Fish, Amphibians, Reptiles, Turtles, and Birds. Download link available at E-BOOK1

Harris, A. H. 2012. Pleistocene vertebrates of New Mexico and Trans-Pecos Texas; Part 2 - Mammals. Download link available at E-BOOK1

Harris, A. H. 2012. Pleistocene vertebrates of New Mexico and Trans-Pecos Texas; Part 3 - Fossil Sites. Download link available at E-BOOK1

Harris, A. H. 2013. Pleistocene vertebrates of Arizona, New Mexico, and Trans-Pecos Texas. Download link available at E-BOOK1

REVIEWS

Harris, A. H. 1973. Mammals of Chihuahua. Taxonomy and distribution. Journal of Mammalogy 54:796-797.

Harris, A. H. 1974. Mammalian osteo-archaeology: North America. Journal of Mammalogy 55:686-687.

Harris, A. H. 1981. Pleistocene mammals of North America. Journal of Mammalogy 62:653-654.

Harris, A. H. 1988. Late Quaternary mammalian biogeography and environments of the Great Plains and prairies. Journal of Mammalogy 69:879-880.

Harris, A. H. 1995. Evolution of a desert mammalian fauna: A 10,000-year history of mammals from Culberson and Jeff Davis counties, Trans-Pecos Texas. Journal of Mammalogy 76:1290-1291.

Harris, A. H. 2001. Cladistic biogeography: Interpreting patterns of plant and animal distributions, 2nd Ed. Oxford Biogeography Series, vol. 12. Quarterly Review of Biology 76:108.

Harris, A. H. 2004. Historical biogeography: An introduction. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA. Quarterly Review of Biology 79:109-110.

Harris, A. H. 2006. The real roadrunner. Quarterly Review of Biology 81:294.

Harris, A. H. 2006. Biogeography. Quarterly Review of Biology 81:417.

Harris, A. H. 2007. Biogeography: An ecological and evolutionary approach. Quarterly Review of Biology 82:297-298.

rule
Arthur H. Harris
Laboratory for Environmental Biology
Centennial Museum
University of Texas at El Paso
El Paso, TX 79968-0519

Phone: (915) 747-6895
E-mail: aharris@utep.edu

Last Update: 9 Oct 2013

top