Middle Paleolithic tortoise use at Kebara Cave (Israel)

@inproceedings{Speth2002MiddlePT,
  title={Middle Paleolithic tortoise use at Kebara Cave (Israel)},
  author={John D. Speth and Eitan Tchernov},
  year={2002}
}
  • John D. Speth, Eitan Tchernov
  • Published 2002
  • Geology
  • Kebara's Neanderthal inhabitants used spur-thighed tortoises (Testudo graeca) for food and perhaps also for containers. Tortoise mean body size appears to track major paleoclimatic fluctuations documented in the oxygen-isotope record of Soreq Cave (Israel), with larger means during warmer-moister periods and smaller means during colder-drier periods. Body size also tracks site function, with larger means during periods of ephemeral site use. And body size tracks site seasonality, with larger… CONTINUE READING

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