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Prehistoric and ancient historic interactions between humans and marine turtles
Frazier, J. (2003). Prehistoric and ancient historic interactions between humans and marine turtles, in: Lutz, P.L. et al. The biology of sea turtles, volume 2. CRC Marine Biology Series, : pp. 1-76
In: Lutz, P.L.; Musick, J.A.; Wyneken, J. (2003). The biology of sea turtles, volume 2. CRC Marine Biology Series. CRC Press: Boca Raton. ISBN 0-8493-1123-3. 455 pp., more
In: Lutz, P.L. (Ed.) CRC Marine Biology Series., more

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Keywords
    Archaeology
    Fauna > Aquatic organisms > Aquatic animals > Aquatic reptiles
    Historical account
    Marine/Coastal

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  • Frazier, J.

Abstract
    A usual opening for descriptions about marine turtles is to announce proudly that they have been around for hundreds of millions of years, and have outlived even the dinosaurs. Our species, of course, has been on the planet for much less time, just a few hundred thousand years; commonly there has been a tacit assumption that interactions between these ancient reptiles and people have really only become significant in historic or contemporary times. The object of this chapter is to explore the antiquity and complexity of human-turtle relations by providing a summary and synthesis of widely scattered information on prehistoric and ancient historic interactions between marine turtles and people in different societies, in different parts of the world. The information is grouped into three principal themes: zooarchaeology (or archaeozoology), cultural artifacts, and ancient textual accounts.

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