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A New Eastern Limit of the Pacific Flying Fox, Pteropus tonganus (Chiroptera: Pteropodidae), in Prehistoric Polynesia: A Case of Possible Human Transport and Extirpation.

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Title: A New Eastern Limit of the Pacific Flying Fox, Pteropus tonganus (Chiroptera: Pteropodidae), in Prehistoric Polynesia: A Case of Possible Human Transport and Extirpation.
Authors: Weisler, Marshall I.
Bollt, Robert
Findlater, Amy
LC Subject Headings: Natural history--Periodicals.
Science--Periodicals
Natural history--Pacific Area--Periodicals.
Issue Date: Jul 2006
Publisher: Honolulu, University of Hawaii Press
Citation: Weisler MI, Bollt R, Findlater, A. A New Eastern Limit of the Pacific Flying Fox, Pteropus tonganus (Chiroptera: Pteropodidae), in Prehistoric Polynesia: A Case of Possible Human Transport and Extirpation. Pac Sci 60(3): 403-412.
Series/Report no.: vol. 60, no.3
Abstract: Five bones, representing one adult of the Pacific Flying Fox, Pteropus tonganus, were recovered from an archaeological site on Rurutu (151_ 210 W, 22_ 270 S), Austral Islands, French Polynesia, making this the most eastern extension of the species. For the first time, flying fox bones from cultural deposits were directly dated by accelerator mass spectrometry, yielding an age of death between A.D. 1064 and 1155. Their stratigraphic position in an Archaic period archaeological site and the absence of bones in the late prehistoric to historic layers point to extirpation of the species. No flying fox bones were found in prehuman deposits and human transport of the species cannot be ruled out.
Description: v. ill. 23 cm.
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Pages/Duration: 10 p.
URI/DOI: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/22575
ISSN: 0030-8870
Appears in Collections:Pacific Science, Volume 60, Numbers 3, 2006



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