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Caribbeetek - A public skeleton collection documenting the wild F.W.I. fauna.

Abstract : The Edgar Clerc Departmental Museum (Guadeloupe Museum of Archaeology) and the PACEA laboratory (CNRS-University of Bordeaux-MCC) have collaborated to build a public collection of comparative animal anatomy known as Caribbeetek in order to document the wild fauna of Guadeloupe islands. This collection was created to promote archeozooological studies on vertebrate assemblages as well as paleoecological studies dedicated to the reconstruction of ancient communities of terrestrial and marine fauna in the Lesser Antilles. Such studies require access to detailed comparative anatomy collections documenting regional fauna. However, few exist in the Caribbean itself, which hinders the determination of the full variety of species present in the archaeological or natural sites of the area. The collection includes two sets of specimens, one hosted at the University of Bordeaux (France) and the other at the Edgar Clerc Departmental Museum in Guadeloupe. It was created from wild specimens from the French West Indian islands, specimens issuing from animal parks and Museum exchanges. This collection also includes virtual bones modelled from CT-scans of museum specimens to document taxa that are now rare or extinct in this part of the world. The terrestrial fauna of Guadeloupe is represented in rates ranging from 50 to 70% depending on the fauna group considered. The collection was recently extended to fish and will soon be enriched with turtles and marine mammals.
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Submitted on : Monday, December 16, 2019 - 9:37:56 AM
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Guimaraes Susana, Arnaud Lenoble. Caribbeetek - A public skeleton collection documenting the wild F.W.I. fauna.. Re-Examining Self: Caribbean Archaeology in the 21st Century. 28th Congress of the International Association of Caribbean Archaeology., Jul 2019, Bridgetown, Barbados. ⟨halshs-02413043⟩



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