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NM: Lea Co.


Location of the Jal site.Age. Late Wisconsin.

General Description. Blowouts located about 10 km south of Jal (Morgan and Lucas 2005).

Discussion. The site was discovered by Shafter Ward, New Mexico Highway Department. The remains of extinct animals were eroding out of a clay and silt deposit. Chips of flint were encountered in the deposit (Schultz 1943). Morgan and Lucas (2005) note collections from the Nebraska State Museum as well as at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History. They also state that the fauna has not been mentioned in the literature previous to their account, apparently having missed Schultz (1943).


Emydidae—Pond Turtle (Morgan and Lucas 2005)
Geomys bursarius—Plains Pocket Gopher (Morgan and Lucas 2005)
Mammut americanum—American Mastodont (Schultz 1943)
Mammuthus columbi—Columbian Mammoth (Schultz 1943)
Paramylodon harlani—Harlan's Ground Sloth (Morgan and Lucas 2005)
Panthera atrox—American Lion (Morgan and Lucas 2005)
Taxidea taxus—American Badger (Morgan and Lucas 2005)
Equus conversidens—Mexican Horse (Morgan and Lucas 2005)
Equus niobrarensis—Niobrara Horse (Morgan and Lucas 2005)
Camelops hesternus—Yesterday's Camel (Morgan and Lucas 2005)
Hemiauchenia macrocephala—Big-headed Llama (Morgan and Lucas 2005)
Bison antiquus taylori—Ancient Bison (Schultz 1943)

Literature. Morgan and Lucas 2005; Schultz 1943.


Last Update: 17 Oct 2008