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Skinner, J.D. and van Aarde, R.J. 1991. Bone Collecting by Brown Hyaenas Hyaena brunnea in the Central Namib Desert, Namibia. Journal of Archaeological Science, 18: 513-523


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Bone Collecting by Brown Hyaenas Hyaena brunnea in the Central Namib Desert, Namibia.

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Results are presented of bone accumulations at two dens utilized by brown hyaenas in the Namib Desert. Seventy-seven percent of 3500 bones could be identified representing 142 different food items. Fur scals accounted for 2/5 ofthe assemblages, othcr carnivores a quarter, ungulates only I /2() and the remaining 1/5 avifauna. The results confirm that such assemblages can accurately reflect the composition of the vertebrate fauna from which brown hyaenas scavenge food. Kewords: bone collecting, brown hyaenas, Namib Desert.

Year: 1991

Type: Journal Article

URL: http://www.ceru.up.ac.za/downloads/Bone_Collecting_Brown.pdf


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