Mescal Cave
Basic information
Sample name: Mescal Cave
Sample aka: SBC1.10.12; UCMP V3864

Reference: M. A. Stegner. 2015. The Mescal Cave Fauna (San Bernardino County, California) and testing assumptions of habitat fidelity in the Quaternary fossil record. Quaternary Research 83:582-587 [ER 3213]
Geography
Country: United States
State: California

Coordinate: 35° 27' 1" N, 115° 33' 0" W
Basis of coordinate: stated in text
Geography comments: "in the Mescal Range"
there is an error in the published coordinate, which reads N 3527′0.45", W 11532′60"
22 uncalibrated AMS 14C dates on bone range from 50 +/- 30 to 26, 820 +/- 1040 and eight are Holocene
Climate and habitat
Lithology: not described
Taphonomic context: cave, midden
Habitat comments: "a limestone cave... it contains material that was evidently accumulated by woodrats (Neotoma)... Many of the bones recovered from Mescal Cave are acid etched, characteristic of bones that have been partially digested by raptors or mammalian carnivores"
Methods
Life forms: carnivores, rodents, ungulates, other small mammals
Sampling methods: quarry, screenwash
Sample size: 1441
Sampled by: R. A. Stirton
Years: 1938
Sampling comments: fossils were "sifted" after being excavated, but "Mescal Cave sediments were not screened with a sufficiently fine mesh"
Metadata
Sample: 3527
Contributor: John Alroy
Enterer: John Alroy
Created: 2019-09-11 21:01:36
Modified: 2019-09-11 21:01:36
Abundance distribution
20 species
3 singletons
total count 1441
Fisher's α: 3.286
geometric series k: 0.7120
Hurlbert's PIE: 0.7190
Shannon's H: 1.6577
Good's u: 0.9979
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