August 17, 2016

Teotihuacan May Have Bred Rabbits for Animal Husbandry

Researchers at Teotihuacan may have bred rabbits and hares for food, fur and bone tools. Large mammals suitable for animal husbandry did not exist at Teotihuacan. So the researchers studied the remains of 134 rabbits at Teotihuacan using stable carbon and oxygen isotope analysis. They found that the rabbits had a higher level of maize and other human crops in their diet than wild rabbits. The research is published in the peer reviewed journal PLOS ONE.
Somerville AD, Sugiyama N, Manzanilla LR, Schoeninger MJ (2016) Animal Management at the Ancient Metropolis of Teotihuacan, Mexico: Stable Isotope Analysis of Leporid (Cottontail and Jackrabbit) Bone Mineral.

EurekAlert has the report here;

Mike Ruggeri’s Teotihuacan

Mike Ruggeri’s Teotihuacan; City of the Gods Magazine

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