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Revista argentina de antropología biológica

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MAZZA, Bárbara. Entheseal changes in pre-hipanic guaraní from the lower Paraná river delta. Rev Arg Antrop Biol [online]. 2020, vol.22, n.1, pp.3-4. ISSN 1514-7991.

The goal of this study is to characterize the entheseal changes of the horticultural population (guaraníes) from the lower Paraná river Delta and to compare them with the entheseal changes from hunter-gatherer societies that inhabited the same region at the end of Late Holocene. To this end, the entheseal robusticity of humerus, femur and tibia was analyzed. The results show a wide variability of entheseal changes among guaraní that could be related to the age and sex composition of the sample, body size and/or mechanical loading. Individuals recovered from guarani´s archaeological sites have more pronounced entheseal changes than the hunter-gatherers. Besides biological and genetic factors, it is possible that these differences were caused by different mechanical adaptations according to their subsistence practices and technological equipment.

Keywords : horticulturists; La Plata basin; hunter-gatherer; enthesis.

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