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Human Ecology

, Volume 11, Issue 2, pp 145–174 | Cite as

Etolo hunting performance and energetics

  • Peter D. Dwyer
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Abstract

Analyses of nearly 3000 hr of hunting for mammals by Etolo people of Papua New Guinea reveal that older hunters were more successful than younger hunters, that increased success was due, in large part, to higher rates of capture for only two of 24 prey species, and that access to a good hunting dog accounted for the increase in rate of capture for one of these two species. A comparison of Gadio Enga and Rofaifo mammal hunting with that of Etolo reveals a marked decline in energy and protein yields with increase of altitude. This is attributed to altitudinal changes in the composition of the available fauna within Papua New Guinea and to reinforcing effects from increased human population density.

Key words

Papua New Guinea hunting energy protein mammals 

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter D. Dwyer
    • 1
  1. 1.Zoology DepartmentUniversity of QueenslandSt. LuciaAustralia

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