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Interdisciplinary Contributions to Archaeology

Faunal Extinction in an Island Society

Pygmy Hippopotamus Hunters of Cyprus

Authors: Simmons, Alan H.

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The multidisciplinary research program at Akrotiri Aetokremnos is important, in my op- ion, for three reasons: two empirical and one conceptual. Quite apart from the archaeology, work at the site is a major contribution to island biogeography, in that the Phanourios sample—certainly the best from Cyprus and probably the best anywhere in the world—has already provided, and will continue to provide, important ecological and behavioral data on these intriguing creatures. Dwarfed island faunas are important to our understanding of the complex factors that shape natural selection in ecologically closed environments over the evolutionary long term. At Aetokremnos, we seem to have the “end” of a long sequence of hippo evolution on the island. With comparative studies of other Cypriot hippo faunas, we should be able to pin down the interval of initial colonization by what were, pres- ably, normal-sized hippos, and—if the other sites can be dated—document the dwarfing process in considerable detail. Aetokremnos would still be a significant paleontological - cality, even in the absence of evidence of a human presence there. While reading the text of the monograph, a number of questions strictly related to the paleontology occurred to me. One was how to model the colonization process. There seems to be little question that the large mammals colonized the island by swimming to it (because, I gather, Cyprus has not been connected to the mainland for roughly 5–6 m- lion years).

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`Alan Simmons' Faunal Extinction in an Island society is as enjoyable to read and as hard to put down as a good mystery. ...this is a thoroughly fascinating book, and one that should be read by everyone interested in island biogeography, extinction, the human colonization of unoccupied landscapes, and the prehistory of the Mediterranean.'
GeoArchaeology: An International Journal, 15:4
`Faunal Extinction in an Island Society is a "must-read" for anyone interested in island biogeography, endemic Late Pleistocene island faunas and extinctions, and Mediterranean island colonization and cultural adaptation.'
Quaternary Research, 60 (2003)

"Faunal Extinction in an Island Society is a 'must read' for anyone interested in island biogeography, endemic Late Pleistocene island faunas and extinctions, and Mediterranean island colonization and cultural adaptation." (Quaternary Research 60: 2003)


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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Faunal Extinction in an Island Society
Book Subtitle
Pygmy Hippopotamus Hunters of Cyprus
Authors
Series Title
Interdisciplinary Contributions to Archaeology
Copyright
2002
Publisher
Springer US
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-0-306-47162-9
DOI
10.1007/b109876
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-306-46088-3
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4757-7254-8
Series ISSN
1568-2722
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXI, 381
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