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Using Environmental DNA to Examine Human-Animal Interactions on the California Channel Islands

Author(s): Sabrina Shirazi ; Courtney Hofman ; Torben Rick ; Jesus Maldonado

Year: 2016

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Conducting aDNA analyses can be limited by the preservation and availability of biological remains at archaeological sites. Soil can contain DNA (environmental DNA [eDNA]) from the animals and plants that were present In the landscape and provide a record of prehistoric plant and animal distributions. We designed and tested a protocol to capture DNA from several extinct and extant taxa from soil on the California Channel Islands as a potential tool for understanding the biogeography of island mammals and birds. This eDNA approach allows us to examine human-animal interactions that could otherwise not be identified.


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Using Environmental DNA to Examine Human-Animal Interactions on the California Channel Islands. Sabrina Shirazi, Courtney Hofman, Torben Rick, Jesus Maldonado. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 405050)


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min long: -125.464; min lat: 32.101 ; max long: -114.214; max lat: 42.033 ;

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America