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Magallania (Punta Arenas)

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Abstract

MARANI, HERNÁN A. Economic anatomy of Mara (Dolichotis Patagonum) and its application to evaluate the zooarchaeological remains recovered in Northern Patagonia coast (Río Negro, Argentina). Magallania [online]. 2011, vol.39, n.2, pp. 267-278. ISSN 0718-2244.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0718-22442011000200018.

The following work presents an economic utility index for Dolichotis patagonum (mara). This index can be used as a reference in the evaluation of early consumption of this rodent in archaeofaunal assemblages in the north coast of Patagonia. The potential of this species as a nutritious resource for the hunter-gatherer groups of the north cost of the gulf of San Matías, as well as the recent archaeological findings are discussed. In this context, the application of the index presented in this work permitted the evaluation of the representation of skeletal parts registered in the different archaeological sites in this portion of southern South America.

Keywords : economic anatomy; Dolichotis patagonum; Northern Patagonia; zooarchaeology.

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