El Bosque (Pleistocene of Nicaragua)

Where: Nicaragua (13.3° N, 86.5° W: paleocoordinates 13.3° N, 86.5° W)

When: Late/Upper Pleistocene (0.1 - 0.0 Ma)

Environment/lithology: lacustrine; green claystone

• "green clay" thought to represent a "swamp or pond"; series of six dates gave unreliable results due to lack of collagen, contamination, and leaching; locality thought to be earlier than late Wisconsinan based on this and on geomorphology; see also Gruhn 1978

Collection methods: quarrying

Primary reference: W. D. Page. 1978. The geology of the El Bosque archaeological site, Nicaragua. Early Man in America from a Circum-pacific Perspective 231-260 [J. Alroy/J. Alroy]more details

Purpose of describing collection: general faunal/floral analysis

PaleoDB collection 71267: authorized by John Alroy, entered by John Alroy on 06.02.1999, edited by Mark Uhen

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Taxonomic list

• identifications by Miller and Lundelius
 Testudines -
"Chelonia indet." = Testudines
"Chelonia indet." = Testudines Batsch 1788 turtle
 Eutheria -
? Notoungulata indet. Roth 1903 notoungulate
 Notoungulata - Toxodontidae
Mixotoxodon larensis Van Frank 1957 notoungulate
 Perissodactyla - Equidae
Equidae indet. Gray 1821 horse
Equus sp. Linnaeus 1758 horse
 Xenarthra - Megalonychidae
Megalonychidae indet. Gervais 1855 edentate
 Xenarthra - Megatheriidae
Eremotherium laurillardi Lund 1842 edentate
 Proboscidea - Gomphotheriidae
Gomphotheriidae indet. Hay 1922 gomphothere
Gomphotherium sp. Burmeister 1837 gomphothere
Stegomastodon sp. Pohlig 1912 gomphothere
 Ungulata - Cervidae
Odocoileus sp. Rafinesque 1832 New World deer