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Sheep Camp Shelter

NM: San Juan Co.


Location of the Sheep Camp Shelter site.Age. Late Wisconsin/Holocene.

General Description. Rock Shelter in Sheep Camp Canyon, a tributary of Chaco Canyon.

Discussion. Some of the fossil material is certainly Pleistocene (e.g., Equus), but some also may be Holocene. Betancourt et al. (1983), citing a personal communication from Gillespie, reported that plant fossils include spruce and limber pine.

Some material cited in Harris (1993c) is on the basis of personal communications from Gillespie.



Ambystoma mavortium—Barred Tiger Salamander (Harris 1993c)
Spea multiplicata—Mexican Spadefoot (Harris 1993c)


Phrynosoma hernandesi—Mountain Short-horned Lizard (Harris 1993c)


Centrocercus urophasianus—Greater Sage-Grouse (Gillespie 1985)


Callospermophilus lateralis—Golden-mantled Ground Squirrel (Gillespie 1985)
Marmota flaviventris—Yellow-bellied Marmot (Gillespie 1985)
Tamias minimus—Least Chipmunk (Gillespie 1985) (cf.)
Urocitellus elegans—Wyoming Ground Squirrel (Gillespie 1985) (cf.)
Dipodomys ordii—Ord's Kangaroo Rat (Harris 1993c)
Thomomys talpoides—Northern Pocket Gopher (Gillespie 1985)
Lemmiscus curtatus—Sagebrush Vole (Gillespie 1985)
Microtus longicaudus—Long-tailed Vole (Gillespie 1985)
Phenacomys intermedius—Heather Vole (Gillespie 1985)
Neotoma cinerea—Bushy-tailed Woodrat (Harris 1993c)
Onychomys leucogaster— (Harris 1993c)
Peromyscus spp.—White-footed Mice (Harris 1993c)
Reithrodontomys megalotis—Western Harvest Mouse (Harris 1993c) (cf.)
Erethizon dorsata—American Porcupine (Harris 1993c)
Brachylagus idahoensis—Pygmy Rabbit (Gillespie 1985)
Lepus townsendii—White-tailed Jackrabbit (Gillespie 1985)
Sylvilagus sp.— Cottontail (Harris 1993c)
Sorex merriami—Merriam's Shrew (Gillespie 1985)
Mustela frenata—Long-tailed Weasel (Pleistocene?) (Harris 1993c)
Equus sp.— Horse (Gillespie 1985)
Platygonus compressus—Peccary (Gillespie 1985) (cf. gen. et sp.)
Cervidae (large)—Large Deer (Harris 1993c)

Literature. Betancourt et al. 1983; Gillespie 1985; Harris 1993c.


Last Update: 29 Oct 2008