Long Mile Cave, sometimes known locally as Pick'ny Mama Cave or Hell's Gate Cave, is a palaeontological and palaeoanthropological site in the Cockpit Country of north-western Jamaica.
Description [ edit ]
The site is a small, largely collapsed,
limestone chamber cave that is now a rock shelter with a depth of 3 m and a length of 6 m. It lies in the Trelawny Parish close to the Coxheath-Windsor Road on privately owned farmland and is an important Quaternary palaeontological site as well as containing a Taino midden. [1 ] Extinct fossil animals discovered at the site include the Jamaican Monkey ( Xenothrix mcgregori) and the Jamaican Flightless Ibis ( Xenicibis xympithecus), which were described from material excavated by Harold Anthony in 1919-1920. [2 ]
References [ edit ]
^ Jamaican Caving Notes.
^ Olson & Steadman (1977).
Sources [ edit ]
Olson, Storrs L.; & Steadman, David W. (1977). "A new genus of flightless ibis (Threskiornithidae) and other fossil birds from cave deposits in Jamaica". Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington 90 (2): 447–457.
"Long Mile Cave". Jamaican Caving Notes. Jamaican Caves Organization. March–April 2005 . Retrieved . 2011-01-06