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A New Miocene Mammalian Fauna from the Caliente Mountains, California


Dougherty, Jack Francis (1939) A New Miocene Mammalian Fauna from the Caliente Mountains, California. Master's thesis, California Institute of Technology. doi:10.7907/MDWC-D826.


Fossil mammalian remains from the Caliente Mountain region, San Luis Obispo County, California, were first found by John B. Stevens in 1928 in red beds associated with basalt flows near Padrones Spring. The material, fragments of a merycodont jaw, was presented to the California Institute at that time. The importance of the Caliente Mountain marine section is emphasized by Reed and Hollister in their discussion of the Caliente Miocene. As recognized by Reed and Hollister, “The great difference in facies of these beds permits the determination of the interrelation of mammalian, mollusk, and foraminiferal zones, a task that is not easy in many districts.” The present study was undertaken, therefore, with a view to obtaining a mammalian fauna from the region and establishing its relationships to the Miocene molluscan and foraminiferal zones. It is hoped also that such a study might bring out more clearly the relationships of the invertebrate and vertebrate time scales for at least this stage of the Miocene.

Item Type:Thesis (Master's thesis)
Subject Keywords:Paleontology, Geology
Degree Grantor:California Institute of Technology
Division:Geological and Planetary Sciences
Major Option:Paleontology
Thesis Availability:Public (worldwide access)
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Defense Date:1 January 1939
Record Number:CaltechTHESIS:03052010-150906804
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ID Code:5579
Deposited By: Tony Diaz
Deposited On:12 Apr 2010 19:17
Last Modified:22 Feb 2023 21:56

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