Diet and Human Adaptation to the Expansion of Forests during the Early Holocene
Cueva de la Paloma in coastal Iberia (Asturias, Spain) is a cave with Upper Palaeolithic (Magdalenian and Azilian) deposits. It is an important site as it spans an era that witnessed rapid environmental transformation at the end of the Younger Dryas from steppe tundra to temperate pine and birch forest. To survive on the diminishing open country resources, foragers must have radically changed their subsistence strategies. Faunal remains hint at a growing pressure on animal resources at this time, but it is unclear if forest vegetal foods contributed to a subsistence reorganisation. The project involves integrating dental calculus analysis to reconstruct plant consumption with dental microwear and isotopic analysis to reconstruct total diet.
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