Journal of Cave and Karst Studies - ISSN 1090-6924
Volume 58 Number 1: 30-34 - April 1996

A publication of the National Speleological Society

Pleistocene Cave Fauna From Peninsular India
K.N. Prasad


More than one hundred caves are carved out in Precambrian limestones in various parts of Peninsular India. The Kurnool Caves, a grouping of caves near Betamcherla, Andhra Pradesh are significant because they contain teeth and artifacts of early man. Systematic excavations revealed a rich fossil assemblage that has a bearing on past climate, environment, ecology, and migratory patterns of some of the mammalian groups. The existence of thick caves sediments and ideally situated rock shelters, which are three to four meters above ground level, suggest that detailed excavation is likely to yield fossil remains of early man.

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