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Shellfish gathering, marine paleoecology and modern human behavior: perspectives from cave PP13B, Pinnacle Point, South Africa.
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PMID:  20934094     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Systematic collection of shellfish has been increasingly recognized as an important component of human adaptation to aquatic environments and as part of the archaeological evidence found in association with the appearance of early Homo sapiens. Over the last forty years, South Africa has played a prominent role in recording the earliest evidence of shellfish in and substantial expansion of the early human diets as shown by several Middle Stone Age (MSA) coastal sites along the west and south coasts. In this paper, we report on the abundance of marine invertebrate species from PP13B cave and interpret these abundances in terms of paleoenvironmental changes, the likely shellfish procurement behaviors involved in both rocky and sandy shore contexts, and the significance of the collection of marine shells for purposes other than food collection. Possible cognitive implications of shellfish gathering as a reflection of modern behavior are also suggested.
Antonieta Jerardino; Curtis W Marean
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of human evolution     Volume:  59     ISSN:  1095-8606     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Hum. Evol.     Publication Date:    2010 Sep-Oct
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-10-11     Completed Date:  2011-01-21     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0337330     Medline TA:  J Hum Evol     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  412-24     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright © 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies (ICREA)/Department of Prehistory, Ancient History and Archaeology, University of Barcelona, c/Montalegre 6-8, Barcelona, Spain.
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MeSH Terms
Aquatic Organisms*
South Africa

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