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Title: Paleonutritional analysis of the pre-Hispanic population from Fuerteventura (Canary Islands)
Authors: González-Reimers, E.
Santolaria-Fernández, F.
Velasco Vázquez, Francisco Javier 
Arnay-de-la-Rosa, M.
Galindo-Martín, L.
UNESCO Clasification: 32 Ciencias médicas
550501 Arqueología
Keywords: Africa
Anthropology Physical
Bone Density
Geography, et al
Issue Date: 2001
Publisher: 0048-9697
Journal: Science of the Total Environment 
Abstract: In this study, from histological and chemical perspectives, we analyse the human remains belonging to the pre-Hispanic inhabitants from Fuerteventura (one of the Canary Islands) and compare the results with those obtained on a sample of pre-Hispanic inhabitants from Gran Canaria (Canary Islands). We observe that trabecular bone mass was normal in the samples from Fuerteventura except for an elderly woman; this result is in sharp contrast with the decreased bone mass observed in the population from Gran Canaria. The pre-Hispanic population from Fuerteventura showed lower bone strontium, Sr/Ca ratio, and bone barium, but slightly higher bone copper, than that from Gran Canaria. All these data indicate a greater consumption of marine products by the population of Fuerteventura. The high prevalence of osteoporosis observed in the population from Gran Canaria may be interpreted as a consequence of protein-calorie malnutrition, a condition which seemed to be not so prevalent in the population of Fuerteventura.
ISSN: 0048-9697
DOI: 10.1016/S0048-9697(00)00717-8
Source: Science of the Total Environment[ISSN 0048-9697],v. 264, p. 215-220
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