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Taxonomic Abundance at Panxian Dadong, a Middle Pleistocene Cave in South China

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Title:Taxonomic Abundance at Panxian Dadong, a Middle Pleistocene Cave in South China
Authors:Bekken, Deborah
Schepartz, Lynne A.
Miller-Antonio, Sari
Yamei, Hou
Weiwen, Huang
Keywords:Middle Pleistocene
South China
Ailuropoda-Stegodon fauna
LC Subject Headings:Prehistoric peoples--Asia--Periodicals.
Prehistoric peoples--Oceania--Periodicals.
East Asia--Antiquities--Periodicals.
Date Issued:2004
Publisher:University of Hawai'i Press (Honolulu)
Citation:Bekken, D., L. A. Schepartz, S. Miller-Antonio, H. Yamei, and H. Weiwen. 2004. Taxonomic Abundance at Panxian Dadong, a Middle Pleistocene Cave in South China. Asian Perspectives 43 (2): 333-59.
Series:Volume 43
Number 2
Abstract:The faunal assemblage from the site of Panxian Dadong provides evidence for a general continuity in species representation throughout a period of approximately 120 kya. Taxonomically, faunal material from Dadong includes classic taxa of the Middle Pleistocene Ailuropoda-Stegodon faunal complex of South China. Taxonomic abundance measures document a sample that is rich in large ungulate species including rhinoceros, stegodonts, and large bovids. These data are further examined in light of assemblage formation processes, temporal distribution, and environmental context. Taphonomic data that demonstrate the presence and activities of bonecollecting species (including porcupines, hominids, and large and small carnivores) suggest that Dadong Cave was an attractive shelter that saw many uses during the period analyzed. These include hominid foraging, porcupine bone collecting, and carnivore scavenging and hunting. KEYWORDS: Middle Pleistocene, South China, Ailuropoda-Stegodon fauna, hominid.
ISSN:1535-8283 (E-ISSN)
0066-8435 (Print)
Appears in Collections: Asian Perspectives, 2004 - Volume 43, Number 2 (Fall)

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