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CA: Kern Co.


Location of China Lake.Age. Mid to Late Wisconsin; radiocarbon ages are 18,600 ± 450 and 11,800 ± 800 yr BP (Jefferson 1991a). A U/Th date is 42,350 ± 3,300 BP (Jefferson 2014).

Discussion: The fauna has been recovered from scattered lacustrine deposits over the Naval Air Weapons Station near Ridgecrest (Kurtén and Anderson 1980).


Gila bicolor mohavensis—Mohave Tui Chub (Jefferson 1991a)
Anas sp.—Dabbling Ducks (Jefferson 1991a)
Aythya sp.—Diving Ducks (Jefferson 1991a)
Branta sp.—Geese (Jefferson 1991a)
Cygnus sp.—Swans (Jefferson 1991a)
Oxyura sp.—Ruddy Ducks (Jefferson 1991a)
Aechmophorus sp.—Grebes (Jefferson 1991a)
Phalacrocorax sp.—Cormorants (Jefferson 1991a)
Aquila chrysaetos—Golden Eagle (Jefferson 1991a: cf.)
Haliaeetus sp.—Bald Eagles (Jefferson 1991a)
Grus sp.—Cranes (Jefferson 1991a)
Fulica sp.—Coots (Jefferson 1991a)
Mammuthus columbi—Columbian Mammoth (Jefferson 1991b: cf.)
Microtus californicus—California Vole (Jefferson 1991b)
Smilodon sp.—Sabertooth Cat (Jefferson 1991b)
Canis sp.—Wolf (Jefferson 1991b)
Equus conversidens—Mexican Horse (Jefferson 1991b: cf.)
Equus occidentalis—Western Horse (Jefferson 1991b: cf.)
Camelops hesternus—Yesterday's Camel (Jefferson 1991b: cf.)
Hemiauchenia sp.—American Llama (Jefferson 1991b)
Odocoileus sp.—Deer (Jefferson 1991b)
Bison antiguus—Ancient Bison (Jefferson 1991b)
Bison sp. (large-size)—Large Bison (Jefferson 1991b)

Literature. Jefferson 1991a, 1991b, 2014; Kurtén and Anderson 1980.


Last Update: 10 Apr 2015