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Palaeolithic ungulate hunting strategies in the eastern Iberian Peninsula through advanced proteomic profiling

Project description

Biomolecular analysis reveals stone-age hunting strategies

To date, there is a lack of sex-based prey data for most Pleistocene bone assemblages, key information for examining the planning ability of Neanderthal hunters. The EU-funded IBERHUNT project will carry out advanced biomolecular analyses in ungulate dental assemblages and sediments from six rich-faunal Middle and Upper Palaeolithic sites in the eastern Iberian Peninsula. The goal is to use protein sequences obtained from tooth enamel analysis to determine the sex of ungulate remains and identify palaeoenvironmental biomarkers from the compound-specific isotope ratios of sediment samples. The project's results will provide quantifiable high-resolution data on Pleistocene human foraging efficiency, including adaptations to climate change, and contribute to new methods for archaeological research.

Coordinator

UNIVERSIDAD DE LA LAGUNA
Net EU contribution
€ 263 732,16
Address
Padre Herrera S/n
38200 San Cristobal De La Laguna
Spain

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Region
Canarias Canarias Tenerife
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00

Partners (1)

Partner

Partner organisations contribute to the implementation of the action, but do not sign the Grant Agreement.

THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA
United States
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Franklin Street 1111 12 Floor
94607 Oakland Ca

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 177 265,92