A note on the diet of the Tasmanian Aborigines

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1979-11
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Cane, Scott
Stockton, Jim
Vallance, Amanda
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Australian Archaeological Association
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The Tasmanian Aboriginal diet was drawn from marine and non-marine environments, in which food resources varied according to habitat. Alpine and rain forest environments provided a limited supply of plant food, whereas the wet and dry schlerophyll forests provided an abundant supply of plant and animal foods. The coastal zones, despite a deceptively barren appearance, supplied a consistently rich plant and marsupial food resource that was supplemented by large shellfish grounds and a seasonal abundance of birds and certain mammals.
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Cane, S. Stockton, J. & Vallance, A. 1979. A note on the diet of the Tasmanian Aborigines. 'Australian Archaeology', no.9, 77-81.