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The “fire stick farming” hypothesis: Australian Aboriginal foraging strategies, biodiversity, and anthropogenic fire mosaics
Aboriginal burning in Australia has long been assumed to be a “resource management” strategy, but no quantitative tests of this hypothesis have ever been conducted. We combine ethnographicExpand
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Aboriginal Burning Regimes and Hunting Strategies in Australia’s Western Desert
A large complement of Australia’s biotic web is dependent on a regular regime of burning, much of which is the result of firing by humans. Many researchers have suggested that moderate and repeatedExpand
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The pyrophilic primate hypothesis
Members of genus Homo are the only animals known to create and control fire. The adaptive significance of this unique behavior is broadly recognized, but the steps by which our ancestors evolvedExpand
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What's burning got to do with it? Primate foraging opportunities in fire-modified landscapes.
OBJECTIVES Anecdotal and formal evidence indicate that primates take advantage of burned landscapes. However, little work has been done to quantify the costs and benefits of this behavior. UsingExpand
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Martu ethnoarchaeology: Foraging ecology and the marginal value of site structure
Abstract Archaeological investigations of hunter-gatherer site structure have remained largely descriptive, despite significant explanatory advancements by evolutionary approaches to foragingExpand
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Women Who Hunt with Fire: Aboriginal Resource Use and Fire Regimes in Australia's Western Desert
The hunting and fire regimes are discussed. The diverse mosaics resulting from regular fire disturbance often attract bustard, euro kangaroos and plains kangaroos. Matru landscapes that have remainedExpand
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Fire and home range expansion: a behavioral response to burning among savanna dwelling vervet monkeys (Chlorocebus aethiops).
The behavioral adaptations of primates to fire-modified landscapes are of considerable interest to anthropologists because fire is fundamental to life in the African savanna-the setting in whichExpand
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On the evolution of human fire use
Humans are unique in their capacity to create, control, and maintain fire. The evolutionary importance of this behavioral characteristic is widely recognized, but the steps by which members of ourExpand
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