Biology of Sea Turtles, Vol. 2 by Peter L. Lutz

By Peter L. Lutz

The good fortune of the 1st quantity of The Biology of Sea Turtles published a necessity for large yet accomplished stories of significant contemporary advances in sea turtle biology. Biology of Sea Turtles, quantity II emphasizes sensible points of biology that relate to sea turtle administration and to adjustments in marine and coastal ecosystems. those issues comprise the interactions of people and sea turtles, an creation to sea turtle anatomy, sensory and reproductive biology, sea turtle habitat use and ecology, tension and health and wellbeing, and the upkeep of captured animals. This quantity presents either ancient and up to date info

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Interpreted as a seascape of the Mediterranean coast, it seems to have been an important geopolitical statement about Assyria’s domination over trade routes and states along the eastern shore of the Mediterranean (Albenda, 1983). Several turtles are depicted in the aquatic setting. Their form, particularly the limbs that are not flipper-shaped, but rather like webbed feet, each with five claws, is not consistent with that of a marine turtle. Moreover, one of the turtles seems to have been added at the Museum at the Louvre during a restoration of the wall (Albenda, 1983: 6).

322, plate 14, 4), which seems to be consistent with historic accounts from the time of the Spanish conquest (see below). , 1993; Love, 1994). In lowland Maya symbolism, turtles, both marine and terrestrial forms, were often identified with water (Tozzer and Allen, 1910: 291; Miller and Taube, 1993: 174; Stone, 1995: 28, 238), a critical commodity for survival and agricultural success in that region. Turtles are central to the theme of rebirth, which was symbolized by bloodletting. For example, there are two scenes in the Madrid codex that associate turtles with ceremonial bloodletting: in one scene no less than five gods standing around a central turtle altar are strung together by a rope that perforates their penises (Lee, 1985: 94).

In many cases, the lack, or low number, of marine turtle bones that have been reported may be from the “schlep effect” — that is, “the larger the animal and the farther from the point of consumption it is killed, the fewer of its bones will get ‘schlepped’ back to camp, village, or other area” (Daly, 1969: 149; see also Perkins and Daly, 1968: 104). Olijdam (2001: 200) hypothesized the same thing in regard to large turtles’ being relatively underrepresented from Arabian sites. Another problem is the way that archaeologists have treated animal bones.

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