International Journal of Human Diversity and Evolution
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'Haynes G, 1991: Noncultural Modifications to Mammalian Bones in Sites of Mass Deaths and Serial Predation. Anthropologie (Brno) 29, 3: 151-156'.
This paper abstracts some patterns that have emerged from taphonomic field studies over the past 10 years documenting the death and post-mortem processes affecting bones of hundreds of large mammals (about 30 different taxa) in southern Africa, north central Canada, and central Australia. Bone densities are high in both mass death sites and serial predation loci. Appendicular elements are well-represented; trampling by large mammals spirally fractures many limbs-bones (proportions range from 0 % to 62 % of the total numbers of bones); false cutmarks (mimics created by noncultural agencies) are present in some assemblages; toothmarking in uncommon at death sites; bone weathering varies widely even within the same site. These site characteristics are similar to those found in archeological and nonarcheological sites from around the world, such as early hominid sites in Africa.
Taphonomy - Noncultural Bone Sites - Mass Deaths - Serial Predation

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