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Human Corridor, Dry Cave

NM: Eddy Co., 1280 m.


Location of the Human Corridor site.Age. Late Wisconsin. Between 15,000 and 12,000 BP on stratigraphic grounds (stratigraphically between dates from Charlies Parlor and from Stalag 17.

General Description. UTEP 31. Passageway that intersects the Entrance Fissure of Dry Cave, with the Human Corridor fill coming from this fissure. Deposits of Charlies Parlor occur immediately down the fissure, with a few elements in both that apparently represent a single individual.

Discussion. The human remains (a vertebra; not listed) may have been carried from elsewhere by spelunkers and laid down here, since it was found on top of a bare rock rather than in place.

Large horse remains from the Human Corridor and from Charlies Parlor were assigned by Harris and Porter to Equus scotti and by Harris 1985a tentatively to E. occidentalis. The earlier identification of Equus scotti is withdrawn as a probable misidentification of E. occidentalis (see the species accounts).



Terrapene sp.—Box Turtle (Harris 1993c)


Coragyps occidentalis—Western Vulture (Harris 1993c)
Caracara cheriway—Crested Caracara (Harris 1993c)
Tyto alba—Barn Owl (Harris 1993c)
Corvus corax—Common Raven (Harris 1993c)


Dipodomys ordii—Ord's Kangaroo Rat (Harris 1993c)
Cratogeomys castanops—Yellow-faced Pocket Gopher (Harris 1993c)
Thomomys bottae—Botta's Pocket Gopher (Harris 1993c)
Thomomys talpoides—Northern Pocket Gopher (Harris 1993c)
Lemmiscus curtatus—Sagebrush Vole (Harris 1993c)
Microtus mogollonensis—Mogollon Vole (Harris 1993c)
Microtus pennsylvanicus—Meadow Vole (Harris 1993c)
Neotoma cinerea—Bushy-tailed Woodrat (Harris 1993c)
Peromyscus sp.—White-footed Mouse (Harris 1993c)
Reithrodontomys sp.—Harvest Mouse (Harris 1993c)
Sigmodon sp.—Cotton Rat (Harris 1993c)
Erethizon dorsata—American Porcupine (Harris 1993c)
Lepus sp.—Jackrabbit (Harris 1993c)
Sylvilagus nuttallii—Mountain Cottontail (Harris 1993c)
Lynx rufus—Bobcat (Harris 1993c)
Vulpes velox—Swift Fox (Harris 1993c)
Ursus americanus—Black Bear (Harris 1993c)
Mustela frenata—Long-tailed Weasel (Harris 1993c)
Mephitis mephitis—Striped Skunk (Harris 1993c)
Equus conversidens—Mexican Horse (Harris and Porter 1980)
Equus occidentalis—Western Horse (Harris 1985a; This volume)
Equus scotti—Scott's Horse (Harris and Porter 1980). Rejected (This volume)
Camelops hesternus—Yesterday's Camel (Harris 1993c)
Hemiauchenia sp.—American Llamas (Harris 1993c)
Antilocapra sp.—Pronghorn (Harris 1993c)
Capromeryx sp.—Miniature Pronghorn (Harris 1993c)

Literature. Harris 1985a, 1993c; Harris and Porter 1980.


Last Update: 9 Jun 2009