Animal Teeth and Human Tools A Taphonomic Odyssey in Ice by Christy G. Turner II, Nicolai D. Ovodov, Olga V. Pavlova

By Christy G. Turner II, Nicolai D. Ovodov, Olga V. Pavlova

The end result of greater than a decade of fieldwork and similar examine, this specified ebook makes use of analyses of perimortem taphonomy in Ice Age Siberia to suggest a brand new speculation for the peopling of the hot international. The authors current facts in keeping with examinations of greater than 9000 items of human and carnivore bone from 30 overdue Pleistocene archaeological and palaeontological websites, together with cave and open destinations, which span greater than 2000 miles from the Ob River within the West to the ocean of Japan within the East. The saw bone harm signatures recommend that the normal prehistory of Siberia wishes revision and, particularly, that cave hyenas had an important impact at the lives of Ice Age Siberians. The findings are supported through greater than 250 photos, which illustrate the bone harm defined and supply a helpful perception into the context and panorama of the fieldwork for these unusual with Siberia.

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Bonch-Osmolovsky (1931). This analyst produced a brief study of notching and cutting of Crimean archaeological faunal remains. Today, N. K. Vereschagin (1981 and elsewhere) is probably Russia’s best-known pioneer researcher concerned with 30 Animal Teeth and Human Tools Fig. 2 The Kaschenko title page. The Tomsk mammoth excavation by Kaschenko was published as a memoir of the Imperial Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg, in 1901. The title reads: “Mammoth’s Skeleton, with the marks of using some parts of this animal body for food by contemporaneous humans” (CGT color TU 6-27-02:19).

The event they observed was when a brown hyena, after cautiously ensuring herself that the killers, lions, had left the scene, approached and ate at the leftover carcass of a gemsbok: After nibbling at morsels of stringy meat, tendons, and sinew, she opened her jaws wide and began to crush leg bones as thick as baseball bats and to swallow splinters at least three inches long. ) A brown hyena’s teeth are veritable hammers specialized for processing bone. The premolars are flattened and enlarged, unlike the sharp, scissorlike cutting blades of other predators.

While they relished freshly killed fatty game, they could live off almost anything along the scale of organic diagenesis. Fig. 20 Odyssey. In Ovodov’s little IAE laboratory, the senior author looks for bone damage in wooly rhinoceros mandibles from the Ob River paleontological site of Krasny Yar (CGT neg. IAE 6-21-00:32). Fig. 21 Odyssey. Also in Ovodov’s lab is Olga Pavlova, who translated most of the labels and notes associated with each of hundreds of boxes of bones. When time permitted she translated articles describing various sites from which the faunal remains were recovered and other related publications (CGT neg.

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