Fite Ranch

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NM: Socorro Co.

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Location of the Fite Ranch site.Age. Early Irvingtonian is suggested (Morgan and Lucas 2003).

Description. Dean Fite Ranch, about 3.5 mi northeast of San Antonio, along the east bluff of the Rio Grande (Morgan and Lucas 2005).

Discussion. Needham (1936) collected turkey bones found in the base of a pumicite bed near San Antonio. Morgan and Lucas (2003) indicate that Needham's locality is the same as their Fite Ranch locality. Turkey bones from the site originally were identified by Wetmore as Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo), according to Needham. Rea (1980) referred the fossils from this site to Meleagris crassipes on the basis of their measurements. The specimens consisted of the distal end of a humerus (distal width 23.8 mm), a nearly complete ulna (length 101.8+ mm and with a distal depth of 12.3 mm), and a radius minus the distal end (proximal width 7.8 mm, proximal depth 8.3 mm).

Morgan et al. (2009) treat the site under the heading of "San Antonio" and note that the turkey material was derived from sediments directly underlying the pumicite rather than from the volcanic ash proper.

Fauna.

Meleagris crassipes—Big-footed Turkey (Rea 1980) (cf.)
Camelops sp.—American Camel (Morgan and Lucas 2003)
Equus sp.—Horse (Morgan and Lucas 2003)

Literature. Morgan and Lucas 2003; Morgan et al. 2009; Needham 1936; Rea 1980;.

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Last Update: 8 Jul 2010