Cheney mammoth (Pleistocene of the United States)

Where: Spokane County, Washington (47.5° N, 117.6° W: paleocoordinates 47.5° N, 117.6° W)

• coordinate based on nearby landmark

• small collection-level geographic resolution

When: Middle Pleistocene (0.8 - 0.1 Ma)

• "The till [underlying the skeleton]... is probably the earliest of three known glacial periods in eastern Washington... It is probable that the mammoth lived and died in an interglacial period earlier than that which immediately preceded the Wisconsin stage"

• bed-level stratigraphic resolution

Environment/lithology: loess

• "at the top of glacial till overlain by loess" (skeleton from the loess)

Size class: macrofossils

Collection methods: quarrying

• "A farmer plowed up a bone and digging unearthed the remains, which were close to the surface"

Primary reference: O. W. Freeman. 1926. Mammoth found in loess of Washington. Science 64:477 [J. Alroy/J. Alroy]more details

Purpose of describing collection: general faunal/floral analysis

PaleoDB collection 75033: authorized by John Alroy, entered by John Alroy on 16.09.2007

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Taxonomic list

 Proboscidea - Elephantidae
"Elephas primigenius" = Mammuthus primigenius
"Elephas primigenius" = Mammuthus primigenius Blumenbach 1799 wooly mammoth