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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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People, Pinnipeds, and Sea Otters of the Northeast Pacific

People, Pinnipeds, and Sea Otters of the Northeast Pacific

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(p.1) 1 People, Pinnipeds, and Sea Otters of the Northeast Pacific
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Human Impacts on Seals, Sea Lions, and Sea Otters
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Torben C. Rick

Todd J. Braje

Robert L. DeLong

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520267268.003.0001

Often highly intelligent with sophisticated communication systems, marine mammals are a fundamental component of marine ecosystems around the world. Archaeological data demonstrate that human impacts on marine mammals in the more distant past were substantial and suggest that much remains to be learned about the prehistory of these animals. This book brings together researchers from a variety of disciplines seeking to integrate archaeology, history, and ecology to understand the ancient and modern interactions between pinnipeds, sea otters, people, and marine ecosystems. It investigates the influence of ancient peoples on the biogeography, breeding behavior, and abundance of seals and sea lions over the last several millennia in the northeastern Pacific Coast. Following a brief discussion of archaeology and human environmental impacts, this chapter provides an overview of the ecology of pinnipeds and sea otters in the northeastern Pacific, emphasizing the historical and modern transformations of these various populations.

Keywords:   Pacific Coast, marine mammals, pinnipeds, ecology, human impacts, sea otters, marine ecosystems, archaeology, ancient peoples, biogeography

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