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The Homestead Cave Fishes and the Taphonomy of Owl Deposited Fish Remains

The fish fauna from Homestead Cave, Utah, provided one of the most detailed late Quaternary fish records from the Great Basin. Significant biogeographic and paleoclimatic inferences have been derived from that record and many of them hinge on the hypothesized owl-based origin of the fauna. Analyses of pellets derived from recent barn owls living in western Nevada reveal a diet dominated by tui chubs (fish). Work describing the taphonomy of these pellet-derived fish remains in comparison with fish bones deposited by other agents as well as the Homestead Cave fish remains has been recently published.

Last Updated: 11/28/16