Autumn/Winter Births in Traditional and Pre-Pottery Neolithic Caprine Husbandry in Cyprus: Evidence from Ethnography and Stable Isotopes
Journal of Anthropological Archaeology
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Highlights: Sequential oxygen isotope analysis in enamel reveals caprine birth patterns in PPNB Cyprus. PPNB caprines were breeding outside their wild ancestors’ restricted season. Autumn/winter births in PPNB caprines echo a similar pattern in traditional Cypriot husbandry. The distribution of births reflects adaptation to the Mediterranean precipitation regime. The ability of caprines to quickly adapt to new environments enables potentially fast diffusion of domestic caprines.
Autumn/Winter Births in Traditional and Pre-Pottery Neolithic Caprine Husbandry in Cyprus: Evidence from Ethnography and Stable Isotopes.
Journal of Anthropological Archaeology, 53