Jackson's Bay Cave

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Jackson's Bay Cave
Map showing the location of Jackson's Bay Cave
Map showing the location of Jackson's Bay Cave
Location Clarendon Parish, Jamaica
Coordinates 17°44′24″N 77°12′54″W / 17.7400214°N 77.2150469°W / 17.7400214; -77.2150469Coordinates: 17°44′24″N 77°12′54″W / 17.7400214°N 77.2150469°W / 17.7400214; -77.2150469[1]
Length 10 kilometres (6.2 mi)[2]
Discovery 1964
Entrances Many[2]

Jackson's Bay Cave is a very large cave system on the Portland Ridge in Clarendon near the south coast of Jamaica. It is considered to be one of the most beautiful in the Caribbean.[2] It was discovered in 1964 since when over 10 kilometres of caves have been mapped. [2]

History[edit]

Pottery shards, rock carvings and rock paintings suggest that the caves were used by the Arawak Indians or Taínos.[2]

Fossils[edit]

A specimen of the extinct Jamaican Monkey (Xenothrix mcgregori) was found by an American Museum of Natural History expedition c1993–1996.[2] Fossil remains of the Jamaican Flightless Ibis (Xenicibis xympithecus) and the Jamaican Caracara (Caracara tellustris) have also been found there.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Fincham, Alan G (1997). Jamaica Underground (2nd ed.). ISBN 976-640-036-9. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f van Rentergem, Guy. "Guided Tour". Guy van Rentergem. Retrieved 2009-09-16. 

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