Evening Presentation: Cave bones tell tales: the case of the Vancouver Island Marmot

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949 West 49th Avenue (at Oak Street)
Vancouver, BC
Canada

The Vancouver Island Marmot is one of Canada’s rarest and most endangered mammals and is the only mammalian species endemic to the province. Prehistoric marmot bones have been recovered in 12 caves on Vancouver Island, some far outside the known historical range of this species suggesting a past range collapse. Dave will present the latest data on the age and origin of these cave bones; their significance for the conservation and evolution of this mammal; and possible implications for other marmot species.

Dave Nagorsen is a wildlife consultant and a research associate at the Royal British Columbia Museum. He has a broad interest in the systematics and zoogeography of mammals and has authored or co-authored four museum handbooks and many scientific papers and reports on the province’s mammals.