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Human Impacts on Seals, Sea Lions, and Sea OttersIntegrating Archaeology and Ecology in the Northeast Pacific$
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Todd Braje

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780520267268

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520267268.001.0001

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A History of Paleoecological Research on Sea Otters and Pinnipeds of the Eastern Pacific Rim

A History of Paleoecological Research on Sea Otters and Pinnipeds of the Eastern Pacific Rim

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(p.18) (p.19) 2 A History of Paleoecological Research on Sea Otters and Pinnipeds of the Eastern Pacific Rim
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Human Impacts on Seals, Sea Lions, and Sea Otters
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R. Lee Lyman

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520267268.003.0002

It is not easy to find an article on the zooarchaeology of marine mammals, or on some prehistoric aspect of marine mammals based on zooarchaeological remains in a natural history journal such as Marine Mammal Science. Has the history of zooarchaeological research on North Pacific pinnipeds and sea otters been unique, or has it been but a portion of the much larger history of zooarchaeology in general? Have trends in analysis of pinniped and sea otter remains tracked analytical trends in zooarchaeology in general? This chapter provides some initial answers to these questions. In particular, it reports and comments on the history of paleoecological research on pinniped and sea otter remains recovered from archaeological sites along the northeastern Pacific Coast. It also discusses the biogeography, demography, and rookeries of pinnipeds and sea otters, as well as the use of chemistry, genetics, extirpation, and morphometrics in zooarchaeological research.

Keywords:   Pacific Coast, marine mammals, sea otters, pinnipeds, zooarchaeology, paleoecological research, biogeography, demography, rookeries, morphometrics

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