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Strontium isotope evidence for migration in late Pleistocene Rangifer: Implications for Neanderthal hunting strategies at the Middle Palaeolithic site of Jonzac, France

Britton, Kate; Grimes, Vaughan; Niven, Laura; Steele, Teresa; McPherron, Shannon; Soressi, Marie; Smith, Tegan; Jaubert, Jacques; Hublin, Jean-Jacques; Richards, Michael


In order to understand the behaviours and subsistence choices of Palaeolithic hunter-gatherers, it is essential to understand the behavioural ecology of their prey. Here, we present strontium isotope data from sequentially-sampled enamel from three reindeer (Rangifer tarandus ssp.) and a single bison (Bison cf. priscus) from the late Middle Palaeolithic site of Jonzac (Chez-Pinaud), France. The results are used to investigate the ranging and migratory behaviours of these important prey species....[Show more]

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Date published: 2011
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Human Evolution
DOI: 10.1016/j.jhevol.2011.03.004


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