The zooarchaeology and paleoecology of early hominin scavenging
APE, CARTA-Inspired Publication
Publication Type: Journal Article
Authors: Pobiner, Briana L.
Year of Publication: 2020
Journal: Evolutionary Anthropology: Issues, News, and Reviews
Date Published: 2020/02/28
Publication Language: eng
ISBN Number: 1060-1538
Keywords: Butchery, Hunting, scavenging, Taphonomy, Zooarchaeology
Questions about the timing, frequency, resource yield, and behavioral and biological implications of large animal carcass acquisition by early hominins have been a part of the ?hunting-scavenging debate? for decades. This article presents a brief outline of this debate, reviews the zooarchaeological and modern ecological evidence for a possible scavenging niche among the earliest animal tissue-consuming hominins (pre-2.0 Ma), revisits some of the questions that this debate has generated, and outlines some ways to explore answers to those questions with evidence from the archaeological record.
Short Title: Evolutionary Anthropology: Issues, News, and Reviews
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