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A Prehistoric, Noncultural Vertebrate Assemblage from Tutuila, American Samoa

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Title: A Prehistoric, Noncultural Vertebrate Assemblage from Tutuila, American Samoa
Authors: Steadman, David W.
Pregill, Gregory K.
Issue Date: Oct 2004
Publisher: University of Hawai'i Press
Citation: Steadman DW, Pregill GK. 2004. A prehistoric, noncultural vertebrate assemblage from Tutuila, American Samoa. Pac Sci 58(4): 615-624.
Abstract: Ana Pe'ape'a is a small cave on the southern shore of Tutuila, American
Samoa. Excavations at Ana Pe'ape'a yielded 13,600+ bones of small vertebrates,
dominated (>95%) by the nonnative Pacific Rat, Rattus exulans.
Represented in the owl-derived bone deposit are two species that no longer occur
on Tutuila, the Pacific Boa (Candoia bibroni) and the Sooty Crake (Porzana
tabuensis). Based on bone counts, C. bibroni was the second most common species
at the site. The third most common, the Sheath-tailed Bat (Emballonura semicaudata),
is extremely rare on Tutuila today. Compared with bone records in
nearby Tonga, we believe that the deposit at Ana Pe'ape'a, with a radiocarbon
date of A.D. 445 to 640, is at least 1,000 yr too young to be dominated by extinct
species.
URI/DOI: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/2746
ISSN: 0030-8870
Appears in Collections:Pacific Science Volume 58, Number 4, 2004



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