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1 June 2013 Fossil Bats from the Late Pleistocene Red Hills Road Cave, Jamaica
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Fossil bats (Chiroptera) are rare in the Late Pleistocene sediments of the Red Hills Road Cave, parish of St. Andrew, Jamaica. Mandibles from this site include three species, all new to the Pleistocene of the island. Stenoderma rufum Desmarest, a frugivore, is the most common taxon. It is still extant in the more eastern Greater Antilles, but has been extirpated from Jamaica. Tadarida sp. cf. T. brasiliensis I. Geoffroy St.-Hillaire represents a taxon still widespread in the Greater Antilles; S. rufum and T. brasiliensis occur together in St. John at the present day. Chiropteran spp. indet. are known from incomplete mandibles and are, at best, morphologically distinct from the other two species at this site.

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Marlous Ouwendijk, Lars W. van den Hoek Ostende, and Stephen K. Donovan "Fossil Bats from the Late Pleistocene Red Hills Road Cave, Jamaica," Caribbean Journal of Science 47(2–3), 284-290, (1 June 2013). https://doi.org/10.18475/cjos.v47i3.a16
Published: 1 June 2013
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