Acta Theriologica

, Volume 49, Issue 1, pp 113–130 | Cite as

The body size of wild boar during the Mesolithic in southern Scandinavia

  • Ola Magnell


In order to study the body size of wild boarSus scrofa Linnaeus, 1758 during the Boreal and Atlantic Chronozones in southern Scandinavia, 12 measurements of teeth and bones from 32 Mesolithic sites from Scania (Sweden) and Zealand and Jutland (Denmark) were analysed. The osteometric analysis revealed that the body size of wild boar from Scania did not change during the period. The results indicate that the changes of ecological conditions during the transition from the Boreal to the Atlantic chronozones did not affect wild boar in the same way as red deer and roe deer, which decreased in body size during the period. The tooth size of wild boar from Zealand is smaller than in wild boar from Jutland and Scania during the Late Atlantic Chronozones, which probably is the result of the isolation of the population when Zealand became an island. Calculations of withers height show that wild boar in southern Scandinavia during the Atlantic Chronozones were of similar body size as recent wild boar from eastern Europe.

Key words

Sus scrofa body size osteometry Mesolithic 


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  • Ola Magnell
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  1. 1.Historical Osteology, Department of Archaeology and Ancient HistoryLund UniversityLundSweden

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