chapter  3
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On reconstructing past environments

Archaeofaunalremainsmayprovidecluesastowhat kindofenvironmentexistedinthepast.Thebasic assumptionisthatananimal'spresent-daydietary andclimaticpreferenceswerethesameinprehistory. Animalremainsmayindicatewhethertheenvironmentwasforestedoropengrassland;whetheritwas hotorcold,whethertheseashorewasnearbyornot, andevenhowsanitaryconditionswere.