NPS Paleontology Research Abstract Volume


PLEISTOCENE VERTEBRATE FOSSILS FORM THE
CONTINENTAL SHELF, NW GULF OF MEXICO

John W. Tunnell
Corpus Christi State University
Corpus Christi, TX 78612

Pleistocene vertebrate fossils have recently been collected on a sedimentary rock outcrop located in the nearshore waters of the continental shelf in the northwestern Gulf of Mexico. Whitemore (1967) has reported over 40 fossils occurring in three concentrations on the continental shelf off the eastern United States and has also mentioned the need for reporting other vertebrate fossils from the continental shelf. The University of Texas vertebrate paleontology collection houses one mammoth tooth collected from the continental shelf off Port Isabel, Texas. This specimen was taken in approximately 180 feet of water by a commercial shrimp trawler. Hayes (1967) reported the discovery of a single mammoth tooth on Padre Island. The tooth was a component of a hurricane beach sample taken after Hurricane Carla. Under the direction of E. Sellards over 2,000 specimens of Pleistocene vertebrate bones were collected by the University of Texas Bureau of Economic Geology in Tedford Quarry, Ingleside, Texas.




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