Neotropical and Caribbean Aquatic Mammals: Perspectives from Archaeology and Conservation Biology


A. Sebastián Muñoz (Editor)
CONICET-Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Córdoba, Argentina

Christopher Markus Götz (Editor)
Facultad de Ciencias Antropológicas, Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán, Yucatán, México

Elizabeth Ramos Roca, PhD (Editor)
Universidad de los Andes, Departamento de Antropología, Bogotá, Colombia

Series: Animal Science, Issues and Research
BISAC: SCI070030

The relationships between humans and aquatic mammals in the Neotropics has been important since archaic times in the American continent, but also varied across time and space, a fact taken on by this publication. In this book, the chapters were written by experts in the field of zooarchaeology, environmental archaeology and conservation biology and different lines of evidence and research questions are used to offer an archaeological approach to these long term relationships. One of the aims of this book is to discuss research questions, methodologies and results pursued and obtained across the different Neotropical regions.

The range of variations in the zooarchaeological evidences that result from the aquatic mammal exploitation across time and space still cannot be clearly defined, and the book’s chapters show clearly that different archaeological expectations on this matter seem to be linked to the ecological properties and internal subdivisions of the Neotropical region. Thus, the book leads the reader to consider the different ways humans impacted on aquatic mammal populations in both, the prehistoric and historic past. For that reason, we believe that the archeological data can contribute to deepen the knowledge about the natural history of the Neotropical aquatic mammals, eventually even helping to evaluate the ecological status of aquatic mammals in different areas of this region. (Imprint: Nova)


Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 –

Marine Mammals in Archaeological Contexts on the Baja California Peninsula (pp. 1-24)
Andrea Guía-Ramírez (Centro Regional de Baja California del Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia, México)

Chapter 2 –

The Archaeology of the Interaction between Marine Mammals and Humans in Central and Southeastern Mesoamerica (pp. 25-58)
Christopher M. Götz, Raúl Valadez Azúa and Bernardo Rodríguez Galicia (Facultad de Ciencias Antropológicas, Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán, and Instituto de Investigaciones Antropológicas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico)

Chapter 3 –

A Prehispanic Whale Rib from Monte Albán, Oaxaca: Its Importance in the Mesoamerican Context (pp. 59-72)
Eduardo Corona-Martínez, Martha Carmona Macías and Joaquín Arroyo-Cabrales (Centro INAH Morelos, Mexico)

Chapter 4 –

Zooarcheological Evidence on the Utilization of Marine Mammals in Northern South America and the Caribbean: A Contribution to Long-Term Biological Conservation (pp. 73-106)
Elizabeth Ramos Roca and Lourdes Pérez Iglesias (Department of Anthropology, Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia)

Chapter 5 –

Human Use of Aquatic Mammals in Northern South America (Colombia and Panama): Some Evidence from Ethnographic and Ethnohistorical Records (pp. 107-134)
Diana Rocío Carvajal Contreras (Universidad Externado de Colombia, Facultad de Estudios de Patrimonio Cultural, Programa de Arqueología, Colombia)

Chapter 6 –

Zooarchaeological Evidence of Otariids in Continental Coast of Patagonia, Argentina: Old And New Perspectives (pp. 135-160)
Florencia Borella (INCUAPA – CONICET, Facultad de Cs. Sociales – UNCPBA, Argentina)

Chapter 7 –

Human Predation on Pinnipeds in the Beagle Channel (pp. 161-174)

Atilio Francisco Zangrando (CADIC – CONICET Bernardo Houssay 200 (V9410CAB) Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina)

Chapter 8 –

Marine Mammals in Southern South America: Biology, Current Status and Conservation (pp. 175-212)
Juan Ignacio Túnez and Lida Elena Pimper (Departamento de Ciencias Básicas, Universidad Nacional de Luján y CONICET, Argentina)

Conclusion: Neotropical and Caribbean Aquatic Mammals (pp. 213-220)
A. S. Muñoz, C. Götz and E. Ramos Roca


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