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Archaeological Evidence for the Extinction of a Breeding Population of Elephant Seals in Tasmania in Prehistoric Times

Bryce, Michaela E; Jones, Rhys; O'Connor, Susan

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Southern elephant seals, Mirounga leonina L., do not inhabit the northwest coast of Tasmania today, but archaeological evidence indicates that they did so in prehistoric times, when they constituted an important food resource to the Aboriginal tribes of the region. Skeletal remains of at least 300 elephant seals were present in one midden alone. There is distinct sexual dimorphism in the canine teeth of elephant seals, and regular seasonal variations in the density of concentric layers of...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 1999
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/93962
Source: International Journal of Osteoarchaeology

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