Risky pursuits: Martu hunting and the effects of prey mobility: Reply to Ugan and Simms

Douglas W. Bird, Brian F. Codding, Rebecca Bliege Bird, David W. Zeanah

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Abstract

We recently demonstrated that prey size is not a reliable predictor of post-encounter return rates for resources Martu hunters regularly handle in Australia's Western Desert (Bird et al. 2009). Ugan and Simms are skeptical of our calculations of these returns, especially in our inclusion of tracking as pursuit time. Here we review how these variables were recorded and calculated, update the analysis with more data, and clarify the importance of prey mobility and pursuit failures for understanding the contexts of hunting decisions and their archaeological implications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)186-194
Number of pages9
JournalAmerican Antiquity
Volume77
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • History
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Archaeology
  • Museology

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