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Title: Distribution, Present and Past, of Rattus praetor in the Pacific and Its Implications
Authors: White, J Peter
Clark, Geoffrey
Bedford, Stuart
Issue Date: Apr-2000
Publisher: University of Hawai'i Press
Citation: White JP, Clark G, Bedford S. 2000. Distribution, present and past, of Rattus praetor in the Pacific and its implications. Pac Sci 54(2): 105-117.
Abstract: We outline the current distribution of Rattus praetor in Near
Oceania and present new evidence for its association with prehistoric human
settlement on some islands in Remote Oceania. We discuss the problems of determining
intentionality in the human transport of this animal, with reference to
other examples of animal translocation in the Pacific. Current and prehistoric
disjunct distributions of all domestic and nearly all wild mammals in both Near
and Remote Oceania point to a common pattern of human behavior and in
particular the deliberate translocation of R. praetor into Remote Oceania.
ISSN: 0030-8870
Appears in Collections:Pacific Science Volume 54, Number 2, 2000

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