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Palaeodiets of humans and fauna at the Spanish Mesolithic site of El Collado.

Garcia Guixé, E. and Richards, M. P. and Subira, M. E. (2006) 'Palaeodiets of humans and fauna at the Spanish Mesolithic site of El Collado.', Current anthropology., 47 (3). pp. 549-556.


The first human stable isotope results from the Spanish Levant, from the Mesolithic (ca. 7500 BP, Mesolithic IIIA phase) site of El Collado (near Oliva, Valencia) provide evidence for the consumption of marine protein by humans, estimated at approximately 25% of the dietary protein for some individuals. Isotopic analysis of human remains from other coastal Mesolithic sites in Europe, particularly along the Atlantic coast, also shows significant consumption of marine foods, but the amount of marine food consumed by the El Collado humans was much less than at those sites. This may be because of a different dietary adaptation or because the Mediterranean is much less productive than the Atlantic.

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