Fossil mammoths from Santa Cruz Island, California

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Journal Article

Mammoth remains on Santa Cruz Island, one of the four Northern Channel Islands of California, are very sparse, in marked contrast to those reported from Santa Rosa and San Miguel Islands of the same island group. A probable major reason for this scarcity is that Quaternary deposits are greatly restricted on Santa Cruz Island. It is proposed, contrary to popular opinion, that fossils found on Santa Cruz Island were derived from animals which died on the island, and were not transported there by humans. Reasons for this conclusion are that the size and geological context of the fossils are similar to those of the largest mammoth fossils of Santa Rosa Island, and that, in spite of extensive investigations by many persons, mammoth remains have not been found in middens, either on the islands or on the adjacent mainland. © 1984.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Cushing, J; Daily, M; Noble, E; Louise Roth, V; Wenner, A

Published Date

  • January 1, 1984

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 21 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 376 - 384

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1096-0287

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0033-5894

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/0033-5894(84)90076-0

Citation Source

  • Scopus