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Title: A new mathematical approach to model trophic dynamics of mammalian palaeocommunities. The case of Atapuerca-TD6
Authors: Rodríguez-Gómez, Guillermo
Martín-González, Jesús Ángel
Goikoetxea, Idoia
Mateos Cachorro, Ana
Rodríguez, Jesús
Keywords: Mathematical models;Resources availability;Palaeolithic hunter-gatherers;Homo antecessor
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: Springer
Citation: Mathematics of Planet Earth: Proceedings of the 15th Annual Conference of the International Association for Mathematical Geosciences, 2014, 739-745
Series/Report no.: Lecture Notes in Earth System Sciences;
Abstract: Mathematical modelling of palaeocommunity trophic dynamics is a useful tool for investigating food resource availability and intraguild competition. We present a mathematical model based on Leslie Matrix that provides estimations of the maximum and minimum available resources for secondary consumers. We present the application of this model to the study of the macromammal community from Atapuerca TD6 (late Early Pleistocene). Our results support the interpretation of a rich ecosystem at Atapuerca at the end of the Early Pleistocene that reflect a level of secondary production sufficient to maintain a well diversified guild of secondary consumers including a human population.
ISBN: 978-3-642-32407-9
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-32408-6_160
Type: Book chapter
Appears in Collections:Paleobiología

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