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Survival by HuntingPrehistoric Human Predators and Animal Prey$
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George Frison

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780520231900

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520231900.001.0001

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Where the Buffalo Once Roamed

Where the Buffalo Once Roamed

(p.1) Chapter 1 Where the Buffalo Once Roamed
Survival by Hunting

George C. Frison

University of California Press

This chapter describes the archaeology of the Great Plains. It focuses on the physiographic regions of the Great Plains, Rocky Mountains, Great Basin, Colorado Plateau, and Columbia Plateau which yielded information pertinent to prehistoric hunting. These physiographic features provide very different and rapidly changing vegetative cover critical to animal ecology. This chapter explains that the records of the livestock industry over more than a century suggest that prehistoric human survival must have been tested on many occasions.

Keywords:   Great Plains, archaeology, physiographic regions, Rocky Mountains, Great Basin, Colorado Plateau, Columbia Plateau, prehistoric hunting, animal ecology

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