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Staden’s First Report in 1557 on the Collection of Stingless Bee Honey by Indians in Brazil

  • Wolf EngelsEmail author


In contrast to our knowledge on meliponiculture practiced by the Aztecs and Mayans, there is no authentic report concerning Brazilians during pre-Colombian times. A short note in Hans Staden’s book published in 1557 is the first written information on honey collection by the indigenous people, illustrated here with copies from online facsimiles prepared by the University of São Paulo.


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I thank David De Jong, Klaus Hartfelder, and David Roubik for critical reading of the manuscript, and Sabine Heinle for cooperation in our search for Staden literature in the rare books collection of the University of Tübingen library, and for preparation of the figures.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Zoological InstituteUniversity of TübingenTübingenGermany
  2. 2.Departamento de GenéticaUniversidade de São PauloRibeirão PretoBrazil

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