A new eastern limit of the Pacific Flying Fox, Pteropus tonganus(Chiroptera: Pteropodidae), in prehistoric Polynesia: a case of possible human transport and extirpation

Weisler, Marshall I., Bollt, Robert and Findlater, Amy (2006) A new eastern limit of the Pacific Flying Fox, Pteropus tonganus(Chiroptera: Pteropodidae), in prehistoric Polynesia: a case of possible human transport and extirpation. Pacific Science, 60 3: 403-411.

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Author Weisler, Marshall I.
Bollt, Robert
Findlater, Amy
Title A new eastern limit of the Pacific Flying Fox, Pteropus tonganus(Chiroptera: Pteropodidae), in prehistoric Polynesia: a case of possible human transport and extirpation
Journal name Pacific Science   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1534-6188
0030-8870
Publication date 2006-07
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1353/psc.2006.0020
Volume 60
Issue 3
Start page 403
End page 411
Total pages 9
Place of publication Honolulu, United States
Publisher University of Hawaii Press
Language eng
Subject 0608 Zoology
Formatted abstract Five bones, representing one adult of the Pacific Flying Fox, Pteropus tonganus, were recovered from an archaeological site on Rurutu (151° 21' W, 22° 27' S), Austral Islands, French Polynesia, making this the most eastern extension of the species. For the first time, flying fox bones from cultural deposits were directly dated by accelerator mass spectrometry, yielding an age of death between A.D. 1064 and 1155. Their stratigraphic position in an Archaic period archaeological site and the absence of bones in the late prehistoric to historic layers point to extirpation of the species. No flying fox bones were found in prehuman deposits and human transport of the species cannot be ruled out.
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Keyword Mammal remains (Archaeology) in Polynesia
Pacific flying fox
Pteropus tonganus (Chiroptera: Pteropodidae)
Prehistoric Polynesia
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