Archaeogenomics and the Mammals of California’s Channel Islands


As many recent genetic and archaeological studies have shown, humans have intentionally and unintentionally moved plants and animals around the world. The California Channel Islands provide a unique environment to explore ancient translocations due to their close proximity to the California mainland, long human occupation (~13,000 years) and limited terrestrial diversity. Here we present our interdisciplinary approach to investigating the origins of California Channel Island terrestrial mammals integrating archaeological, isotopic, genomic and radiometric datasets to explore the role of human agency in island biogeography. We propose a number of possibilities for why ancient peoples might have introduced these taxa.

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Archaeogenomics and the Mammals of California’s Channel Islands. Courtney Hofman, Torben Rick, Sabrina Shirazi, Jesus Maldonado. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 403188)

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