Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Scavenging Opportunity Theory

Proposal that older scavenging models were too speculative and that evidence suggests that early hominid land use resulted in scavenging opportunities; evidence of scavenging episodes by hominids can be found in African Plio-Pleistocene sites where tools and bones are found in situ, and the bones possess evidence of defleshing such as cut marks and hammer-and-anvil signatures made during marrow extraction. Aka Blumenschine scavenging theory.

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