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The biota is limited to desert-adapted species. Due to the propensities of primitive man for long distance transport, nondesertic biota are occasionally found in dry cave deposits; some of these were components of coprolites. Forty-seven mammal species, 46 bird species, and 9 species of reptiles and amphibians are listed in Jennings (1957, 3-5) as present-day inhabitants of the Wendover area. Sixty-eight plant species were recovered from the Danger Cave deposits (Jennings 1957, 5). Indications of climatic change are present in the Hogup Cave deposits (Durrant and Harper 1969, 2-9).

Add 10 ml. of trisodium phosphate solution. 5. Centrifuge again for 1 min. and decant fluid. 6. Add 10 ml. of formalin, mix thoroughly, let stand for 5 min. 7. Add 3 ml. of ether. Stop tube and shake vigorously; remove stopper with caution since pressure will build up during shaking. 8. Centrifuge at 1500 rpm. for 1 min. Four layers should result. Page 9 9. Free debris plug from tube sides by ringing with an applicator stick, decant top 3 layers (including debris plug). 10. Mix sediments with fluid that drains down tube sides.

Stop tube and shake vigorously; remove stopper with caution since pressure will build up during shaking. 8. Centrifuge at 1500 rpm. for 1 min. Four layers should result. Page 9 9. Free debris plug from tube sides by ringing with an applicator stick, decant top 3 layers (including debris plug). 10. Mix sediments with fluid that drains down tube sides. 11. Prepare microslide. Preparation of Microslides 1. Place 1 or 2 drops of sample on a 3 in. by 1 in. microslide. 2. Add 1 drop of Lugal's iodine solution and stir with an applicator stick until stain and sample are mixed.

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