Award Date

1-1-2002

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

First Committee Member

Stephen M. Rowland

Number of Pages

96

Abstract

The Thumb Member of the Miocene Horse Spring Formation contains a vertebrate track assemblage of mammal (camel and carnivore) and avian footprints. Camelid tracks identified are Lamaichnum alfi, Lamaichnum macropodum, and Lamaichnum etoromorphum. Carnivore tracks include canid tracks (Canipeda sp.) and a possible felid track ( Felipeda? sp.). One canid trackway records a c-shaped pattern, which is apparently the fist documentation of a rotary gallop gait in Miocene canids. Five types of bird tracks, four of which are previously undescribed, also occur. They are: (1) Alaripeda lofgreni, (2) Avipeda sp. A, (3) Avipeda sp. B, (4) Anatipeda sp. A, and (5) a new, previously undescribed track type in the Morphofamily Gruipedidae; A summary of the eight known Miocene track-bearing formations (including the Horse Spring Formation) in the western United States indicates that an ichnofacies of Miocene mammal and bird tracks associated with lacustrine deposits is beginning to become apparent.

Keywords

Bird; Clark County; Formation; Horse; Mammal; Miocene; Nevada; Spring; Trackways

Controlled Subject

Paleontology; Geology; Paleontology

File Format

pdf

File Size

2.59 MB

Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Language

English

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