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Title: Dietary inferences through dental microwear and isotope analyses of the Lower Magdalenian individual from El Mirón Cave (Cantabria, Spain)
Authors: García-González, Rebeca
Carretero Díaz, José Miguel
Richards, Michael P.
Rodríguez, Laura
Quam, Rolf M.
Keywords: Hunter-gatherer diet;Hominin;Dental microwear;Upper Paleolithic;El Mirón Cave;Cantabrian Spain
Issue Date: Aug-2015
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: Journal of Archaeological Science, 2015, 60, 28-38
Abstract: Dietary habits are inferred from dental microwear and isotope analyses of the Magdalenian human individual from the site of El Mirón, dated to 15,460 ± 40 BP. The pattern of dental microwear was established on the buccal surface of the lower fourth premolar and on the bottom of facet 9 on the occlusal surface of the lower third molar. The results obtained through analysis of different surfaces are consistent and indicate a mixed diet for this Lower Magdalenian individual, including meat, aquatic resources and vegetables. These results are in agreement with those obtained through isotope analysis. This implies a generalized exploitation of the environment as has been previously established in other Late Upper Palaeolithic specimens.
ISSN: 0305-4403
DOI: 10.1016/j.jas.2015.03.020
Type: Article
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