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November 2013

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Christopher N. Jass Quaternary Paleontology Program, Royal Alberta Museum 12845-102 Ave. Edmonton, Alberta, T5N 0M6, Canada Dave Critchley Senior Faculty Researcher Instructor, Biological Sciences School of Sustainable Building and Environmental Management Northern Alberta Institute of Technology 11762 106 Street, Office E106 Edmonton, Alberta, T5G 2R1, Canada Greg Horne Resource Management Specialist, Jasper National Park P.O. Box 10 Jasper, Alberta, T0E 1E0, Canada AbstractIn 2009, we initiated an on-going, long term research project that focuses on exploration of fossil-bearing cave deposits in Jasper National Park. Specifically, we were interested in understanding patterns of mammalian re-colonization of mountainous regions following late Pleistocene deglaciation. Our work has focused on the identification of fossil-bearing cave deposits, excavation and sampling of those deposits, and radiocarbon dating of recovered remains. Examined sites have at least an age of 9600 years BP. Research at four cave sites, located in relatively close proximity to one another, is contributing to an improved understanding of the late Quaternary record of Jasper National Park. This project is an example of a cooperating partnership between institutions (museum, national park and technical college) and assistance from a speleological society. Open Access - Permission by Publisher See Extended description for more information.





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