Laboratoire méditerranéen de préhistoire Europe Afrique (LAMPEA) — UMR 7269 — Université d’Aix-Marseille, CNRS, INRAP

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Mathematical approaches for the study of Human-Fauna interactions in the Pleistocene

[Congrès, colloques, réunions - Appel à contributions]

1er-7 septembre 2014

Colloque organisé dans le cadre du 17ème Congrès UISPP

Most recent hunter-gatherer societies have a high reliance on animal food, and it is generally accepted that animal resources were also essential to Pleistocene hominins. Moreover, competition with carnivores strongly influenced the survival opportunities of Palaeolithic hunter-gatherers. Thus, the study of human-fauna interactions in the Pleistocene is a highly relevant topic for the understanding of the viability and dispersion of human populations. Key research questions related to human-fauna interactions include, but are not restricted to, estimating the amount of resources that can be obtained from an ungulate population, evaluating the effect of human hunting on the extinction of some large mammal species, measuring the intensity of competition inside the carnivore guild, and understanding the role
of humans in past food webs. All these research questions are amenable to quantitative analyses and most of them have been occasionally addressed using mathematical models. The aim of this session is to discuss and promote the use of mathematical tools, mainly through mathematical modeling, for the study of key topics in human evolution related to human fauna interactions in the Pleistocene.

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