Rocky Shores: Exploitation in Chile and South Africa

  • W. Roy Siegfried

Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 103)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XI
  2. B. Santelices, C. L. Griffiths
    Pages 33-55
  3. A. H. Dye, M. H. Schleyer, G. Lambert, T. A. Lasiak
    Pages 57-74
  4. G. M. Branch, C. A. Moreno
    Pages 75-100
  5. A. H. Dye, G. M. Branch, J. C. Castilla, B. A. Bennett
    Pages 131-154
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 169-180

About this book


It seems almost trite to introduce this book by saying that man has been exploiting the intertidal zone for food for a long time. Just how long nobody knows for sure but the prehistoric inhabitants of Terra Amata, on the Mediterranean coast near Nice, ate marine intertidal animals at least 300 000 years ago. Similar impressive evidence, going back to at least 100000 years, exists for prehistoric man's consumption of intertidal animals along the South African coast. However, early man's dependence on intertidal resources probably goes back much further in time. During the last 2 million or so years temperate Eurasia experienced some 20 glaciations interspersed by warm equable periods. Different modes of life were open to man in colonizing the northern temperate zone. One was to become a "big-game" hunter, specializing, for example, on mammoths, the other to exploit marine intertidal resources. Of the two, probably the shoreline offered an easier environment for an original scavenging food-gatherer.


Chile Conservation Felsküsten Meere Meeresökologie Natürliche Ressourcen anthropology biology conservation biology ecology ecosystem marine ecology natural resources natural ressources socioeconomy

Editors and affiliations

  • W. Roy Siegfried
    • 1
  1. 1.Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African OrnithologyUniversity of Cape TownRondeboschSouth Africa

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1994
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-78285-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-78283-1
  • Series Print ISSN 0070-8356
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