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W. Van Neer (2002)

Archaeozoological evidence for the former presence of spotted-necked otter ( Lutra maculicollis ) in Egypt

Bonner Zoologische Beitr├Ąge, 50:199-209.

A description is given of the skeletal remains of otter discovered at the Late Palaeolithic fishing sites Makhadma 2 and 4. This is the second archaeozoological find of otter in Egypt and the first one that allows an identification at species level. The possible reasons for the rarity of otter remains in sites along the Egyptian Nile are discussed as well as the possible causes for the present-day local extinction of the species. The consequences of these bone finds for the interpretation of animal depictions and statuettes in ancient Egyptian art are briefly mentioned.
Peer Review, Open Access, International Redaction Board
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