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The North American Pronghorn

George C. Frison

in Survival by Hunting

Published by University of California Press

Published in print August 2004 | ISBN: 9780520231900
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520927964 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520231900.003.0005
The North American Pronghorn

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This chapter focuses on the pronghorn antelopes in North America during the prehistoric period. The fossil record of antilocaprids in North America extends back into the Miocene with forms characterized by forked permanent horns, but it not clear whether they had horn sheaths that were shed annually. However, unlike with bison and mountain sheep, there is no evidence in archaeological sites from Clovis to historic times that today's pronghorn are smaller than their late Pleistocene-early Holocene ancestors. This chapter also discusses ethnological and historical evidence of pronghorn hunting and prehistoric pronghorn procurement.

Keywords: pronghorn antelopes; North America; prehistoric period; antilocaprids; Miocene; pronghorn hunting; pronghorn procurement

Chapter.  7916 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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