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Direct Evidence for the Importance of Small Animals to Prehistoric Diets: A Review of Coprolite Studies
North American Archaeologist
  • Kristin D. Sobolik, Wright State University - Main Campus
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
1-1-1993
Abstract

Researchers tend to underestimate or ignore the importance of small animals to the prehistoric diet due to the difficulty of separating cultural from noncultural faunal debris excavated from sites. Human coprolite analyses (dessicated human feces) indicate prehistoric dietary consumption of small animals. The large number of coprolites analyzed from North America reveals direct ingestion of small animals and indicates that small animal remains from sites indeed reflect human dietary patterns. The coprolites reveal that reptiles, birds, bats, and a large variety of rodents were an important and prevalent component of the prehistoric diet.

DOI
10.2190/LW66-4V7J-AYC5-KLV1
Citation Information
Kristin D. Sobolik. "Direct Evidence for the Importance of Small Animals to Prehistoric Diets: A Review of Coprolite Studies" North American Archaeologist Vol. 14 Iss. 3 (1993) p. 227 - 244 ISSN: 0197-6931
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/kristin_sobolik/6/