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A world review of fungi, yeasts, and slime molds in caves
Karen J. Vanderwolf, David Malloch, Donald F. McAlpine, and Graham J. Forbes

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Guano-related phosphate-rich minerals in European caves
Philippe Audra, Jo De Waele, Ilham Bentaleb, Alica Chroňáková, Václav Krištůfek, Ilenia M. D'Angeli, Cristina Carbone, Giuliana Madonia, Marco Vattano, Giovanna Scopelliti, Didier Cailhol, Nathalie Vanara, Marjan Temovski, Jean-Yves Bigot, Jean-Claude Nobécourt, Ermanno Galli, Fernando Rull, and Aurelio Sanz-Arranz

  • 17 guano-related phosphates and 1 sulfate were identified in 22 European cave systems
  • 3 types of phosphates are present: precursors on fresh decaying guano; apatite-group minerals; and Al-, K-, Fe-, Mn-bearing phosphates
  • Spheniscidite and robertsite are the only known occurrence of these minerals in caves worldwide
  • Gypsum is often present, especially in dry environment
  • Radiometric guano dating shows ages up to 7000 years and deposition can be continuous over 1000 years

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Fifty years of cave arthropod sampling: techniques and best practices
J. Judson Wynne, Francis G. Howarth, Stefan Sommer, and Brett G. Dickson

  • 110 papers examined (from 1967 - 2018) to explore how cave-dwelling invertebrates were sampled
  • A summary of techniques most commonly applied and appropriateness of these techniques is provided
  • Nearly one-half of the studies applied systematic techniques
  • Few papers provided enough information to repeat the study
  • Inconsistencies in sampling techniques nomenclature observed

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Underground dinosaur tracksite inside a karst of southern France: Early Jurassic tridactyl traces from the Dolomitic Formation of the Malaval Cave (Lozère)
Jean-David Moreau, Vincent Trincal, Daniel André, Louis Baret, Alain Jacquet, and Michel Wienin

  • Hettangian tridactyl dinosaur tracks were discovered in the Malaval Cave (southern France)
  • The tracksite was studied using photogrammetric imaging technique
  • More than 26 footprints of theropods were identified
  • The depositional environment varied from subtidal to intertidal/supratidal flat marsh
  • This work highlights the great interest to heighten palaeoichnological prospections in karsts

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Tracer tests in karst hydrogeology and speleology
Nico Goldscheider, Joe Meiman, Michiel Pronk, and Christopher Smart

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