Prehistoric Use of Fur Seals: Evidence from the Olympic Coast of Washington

Science  05 Jul 1968:
Vol. 161, Issue 3836, pp. 49-51
DOI: 10.1126/science.161.3836.49


Archeological excavations on the Olympic Coast of Washington provide evidence that marine mammals, particularly fur seals, constituted a major source of food for inhabitants of this region for more than 2000 years. A recent change in the migratory pattern of the fur seals is suggested by the high percentage of mature males present in prehistoric populations.