AbstractsBiology & Animal Science

The avifauna of the Palaeolithic locality Schöningen, Germany

by Fatima Spruit

Institution: Leiden University
Year: 2013
Keywords: Avifauna; Schöningen; Birds
Record ID: 1264784
Full text PDF: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/21361


The rescue-excavation at the open-cast mine in Schöningen started in 1982. Circa 25.000 faunal remains have been excavated since that moment. These remains have been identified as large mammal remains, small mammals, fish, mollusks, amphibians and reptiles. However the category birds is missing. Circa 167 bird bones and several egg shells were present in the layers Schöningen 13 II-2, 13 II-3 and 13 II-4. Besides the identification of the bird remains, the bones are also checked for modification marks made by the hominins who occupied Schöningen. Also the bones are compared to other archaeological sites to compare the data from Schönignen with