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Climate Change and Human Responses

A Zooarchaeological Perspective

  • Gregory Monks
  • Provides insights into occupational sites through animal bones and food remains

  • Gives an in-depth view on past relationships between people and their environments in the context of climatic change

  • Includes studies with a temporal scope ranging from the Pleistocene to the Late Holocene, and a geographic scope covering Africa, Asia, North and South America, and Europe


Part of the Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology book series (VERT)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Gregory G. Monks
    Pages 1-4
  3. The Pleistocene – Holocene Transition

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 5-5
    2. Ismael Ferrusquía-Villafranca, Joaquín Arroyo-Cabrales, Eileen Johnson, José Ruiz-González, Enrique Martínez-Hernández, Jorge Gama-Castro et al.
      Pages 27-67
    3. Janine Ochoa, Philip J. Piper
      Pages 69-86
  4. The Early – Mid-Holocene

  5. The Recent Holocene

  6. Overview and Retrospective

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 217-217
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 227-232

About this book


This book contributes to the current discussion on climate change by presenting selected studies on the ways in which past human groups responded to climatic and environmental change. In particular, the chapters show how these responses are seen in the animal remains that people left behind in their occupation sites. Many of these bones represent food remains, so the environments in which these animals lived can be identified and human use of those environments can be understood. In the case of climatic change resulting in environmental change, these animal remains can indicate that a change has occurred, in climate, environment and human adaptation, and can also indicate the specific details of those changes.


Pleistocene-Holocene transition Climate change effects in Pleistocene/Holocene timescales Glacial and post-glacial environments Animal husbandry and hunting Human responses to environmental change climate change impacts

Editors and affiliations

  • Gregory Monks
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyUniversity of Manitoba Department of AnthropologyWinnipegCanada

About the editors

Gregory Monks is a Professor and Head of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Manitoba. He is also a member of the Canadian Archaeological Association, the Society for American Archaeology, the International Council for Archaeozoology, and the Society for Historical Archaeology. His research interests include archaeological method and theory, zooarchaeology, gathering cultures, historical archaeology, and cultural resource management. 

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