27 January 2017

Carnivorous mammals and birds of prey appear to be primarily responsible for the presence of birds in Grotte des Barasses II

A recent study of the bird remains from the French site of Grotte des Barasses II suggests that small carnivorous mammals and nocturnal birds of prey would be the main accumulating agents of these small birds in the site. This research has been based mainly on the taphonomic analysis of the remains, among which it has been possible to verify the presence of bones nibbled and digested by non – human predators.

Although the human occupation has been verified in the deposit, with the presence of carnage activities on some remains of ungulate and some lithic tools, this seems to be an sporadic occupation.