Rock paintings of mammals at Central, Bahia, Brazil

Maria da Conceição de M.C. Beltrão Martha Locks About the authors

Abstract

Rock paintings of mammals have been studied in five of the 243 localities contained within the 270,000 km² Archeological Region of Central, Bahia. From features of external morphology, it was possible to recognize 11 mammals represented in the paintings: for five, to attribute the species; another five, the genera; and, for one, merely the family. This study aims to underline the importance of prehistoric man's contribution, by way of these rock paintings, to our knowledge of the mammals depicted, both taxonomically and in terms of their distribution within the bounds of the Project in the State of Bahia.

Mammals; rock paintings; morphology; archeological region; Bahia; Brazil


Rock paintings of mammals at Central, Bahia, Brazil1 1 Financed partly by the National Research Council (CNPq) and the Study and Research Finance Agency (FINEP).

Maria da Conceição de M.C. BeltrãoI,II; Martha LocksI

IDepartamento de Antropologia, Museu Nacional do Rio de Janeiro, Quinta da Boa Vista, 20940-040 Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro. Brasil

IIResearcher of the Brazilian National Research Council (CNPq)

ABSTRACT

Rock paintings of mammals have been studied in five of the 243 localities contained within the 270,000 km2 Archeological Region of Central, Bahia. From features of external morphology, it was possible to recognize 11 mammals represented in the paintings: for five, to attribute the species; another five, the genera; and, for one, merely the family. This study aims to underline the importance of prehistoric man's contribution, by way of these rock paintings, to our knowledge of the mammals depicted, both taxonomically and in terms of their distribution within the bounds of the Project in the State of Bahia.

Key words: Mammals, rock paintings, morphology, archeological region, Bahia, Brazil

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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS. Our wholehearted thanks go to Mr. Luiz Antonio Alves Costa of the National Museum of Rio de Janeiro (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro) who collaborated in producing the drawings and to Peter Lenny for the translation.

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Recebido em 25.VII.1993; aceito em 28.III.1994.

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    Financed partly by the National Research Council (CNPq) and the Study and Research Finance Agency (FINEP).
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    1 Financed partly by the National Research Council (CNPq) and the Study and Research Finance Agency (FINEP).

    Publication Dates

    • Publication in this collection
      03 Aug 2009
    • Date of issue
      1993

    History

    • Accepted
      28 Mar 1994
    • Received
      25 July 1993
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