Lost foraging opportunities for East Asian hunter-gatherers due to rising sea level since the last glacial maximum

Citation:
D'alpoim Guedes, J, Austermann J, Mitrovica JX.  2016.  Lost foraging opportunities for East Asian hunter-gatherers due to rising sea level since the last glacial maximum. Geoarchaeology. 31:255-266.

Date Published:

2016/04

Abstract:

This paper explores how changes in sea level and biome distribution may have affected the habitats occupied by hunter-gatherers in East Asia. Using a model-based reconstruction of changing sea level from the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM) to present day, our analysis reveals that the exposure of a large continental shelf during the LGM sea level lowstand created a wealth of wooded, estuarine, and coastal biomes that could have been exploited intensively by Late Pleistocene hunter-gatherers. Models explaining hunter-gatherer subsistence changes and migrations in this period should take into account the large area that has been lost to rising sea level since the LGM.

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DOI:

10.1002/gea.21542