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Title: Paleodietary analysis on the prehistoric population of El Hierro (Canary Islands)
Authors: Velasco Vázquez, Francisco Javier 
Arnay-De-La-Rosa, Matilde
González-Reimers, Emilio
Hernández-Torres, Oscar
UNESCO Clasification: 32 Ciencias médicas
51 Antropología
550501 Arqueología
Keywords: Paleodietary trace elements
Bone strontium
Canary Islands
Issue Date: 1997
Journal: Biological Trace Element Research 
Abstract: In order to deepen our knowledge of the dietary habits of the prehispanic inhabitants of El Hierro, we have determined bone strontium (Sr), manganese (Mn), magnesium (Mg), copper (Cu), zinc (Zn), and calcium (Ca) in 52 human tibiae (23 belonging to males and 20 to females individuals) buried in a single burial cave; in 21 modern individuals who served as controls; and in 11 bones of herbivores found at archeological sites of the Canary Islands. Results suggest that females consumed a more vegetarian diet, although site-corrected Sr/Ca ratio of both males and females speaks for a mixed-diet consumption.
ISSN: 0163-4984
DOI: 10.1007/BF02784443
Source: Biological Trace Element Research [ISSN 0163-4984], v. 60, p. 235-241
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