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Ancient tortoise hunting in the southwest Pacific

Hawkins, Stuart; Worthy, Trevor H; Bedford, Stuart; Spriggs, Matthew; Clark, Geoffrey; Irwin, Geoff; Best, Simon; Kirch, Patrick


We report the unprecedented Lapita exploitation and subsequent extinction of large megafauna tortoises (?Meiolania damelipi) on tropical islands during the late Holocene over a 281,000 km2 region of the southwest Pacific spanning from the Vanuatu archipelago to Viti Levu in Fiji. Zooarchaeological analyses have identified seven early archaeological sites with the remains of this distinctive hornless tortoise, unlike the Gondwanan horned meiolaniid radiation to the southwest. These large...[Show more]

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Date published: 2016-12-06
Type: Journal article
Source: Scientific reports
DOI: 10.1038/srep38317
Access Rights: Open Access


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