Predator and Scavenger Modification of Recent Equid Skeletal Assemblages

  • D’Andrea A
  • Gotthardt R
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Abstract

This paperre ports on the modificationb y carnivores.of recent quid skeletal remainsi n the Ross .Rivearr ea, Yukon Territory. The objective of this study is to characterize carnivore modification of skeletal assemblages in terms ofbone alteration, carnivore preference for certain bone elements or portions, and patterns of survivorship of elements at recent killlscavenging sites. The most common types of carnivore alteration observed were tooth furrows, punctures, and curvilinear fracture on smaller elements. Chipping and polish occurred infrequently. Survival of skeletal.elements depends on the degree of carcass utilization. Cranial and axial elements were present at all sites; scapulae, innominates, and limbs were absent or dispersed at well-utilized sites

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  • taphonomy, skeletal modification, archaeological i

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  • a C D’Andrea

  • R M Gotthardt

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