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Pit N & W Animal Fair, Dry Cave

NM: Eddy Co.: 1280 m.


Location of the Pit N & W Animal Fair site.Age. Mid/Late Wisconsin; almost certainly earlier than Wisconsin pleniglacial.

Description. Split off from Animal Fair (UTEP Loc. 22) as probably distinctly older. The site is a small opening to a vertical chimney, part of Entrance Fissure, but farther north than Animal Fair. It also includes a few specimens from a nearby debris slope that should be comparable in age.

Discussion. Re-identification of Panthera cf. onca (Harris 1993c) to P. atrox removes Jaguar from the site list. Likewise the Conepatus identification has been withdrawn as incorrect. The situation with the antilocaprids is uncertain; the specimens identified here as Capromeryx seem intermediate in size between that genus and Stockoceros. Further study hopefully will resolve the problem.



Coragyps occidentalis—Western Vulture (Harris 1993c)
Accipiter cooperii—Cooper's Hawk (Harris 1993c)
Buteo swainsoni—Swainson's Hawk (Harris 1993c)
Caracara cheriway—Crested Caracara (Harris 1993c)
Corvus corax—Common Raven (Harris 1993c)


Cynomys ludovicianus—Black-tailed Prairie Dog (Harris 1993c)
Xerospermophilus spilosoma—Spotted Ground Squirrel (Harris 1993c: cf.)
Cratogeomys castanops—Yellow-faced Pocket Gopher (Harris 1993c)
Thomomys bottae—Botta's Pocket Gopher (Harris 1993c)
Microtus mogollonensis—Mogollon Vole (Harris 1993c)
Microtus ochrogaster—Prairie Vole (Harris 1993c)
Neotoma cinerea—Bushy-tailed Woodrat (Harris 1993c)
Neotoma leucodon—White-toothed Woodrat (Harris 1993c: cf.)
Onychomys leucogaster—Northern Grasshopper Mouse (Harris 1993c)
Peromyscus sp.—White-footed Mouse (UTEP)
Lepus californicus—Black-tailed Jackrabbit (Harris 1993c)
Sylvilagus audubonii—Desert Cottontail (Harris 1993c)
Sylvilagus nuttallii—Mountain Cottontail (Harris 1993c)
Panthera atrox—American Lion (UTEP)
Canis lupus—Gray Wolf (Harris 1993c)
Vulpes velox—Swift Fox (UTEP)
Spilogale gracilis/putorius—Spotted Skunk (Harris 1993c)
Equus conversidens—Mexican Horse (Harris 1993c)
Equus scotti—Scott's Horse (Harris 1993c)
Capromeryx sp.—Miniature Pronghorns (Harris 1993c)


Panthera onca—Jaguar (Harris 1993c: cf.)
Conepatus leuconotus—Hognosed Skunk (Harris 1993c)

Literature. Harris 1993c.


Last Update: 6 Aug 2013