By Ulysses Paulino Albuquerque, Rômulo Romeu Nóbrega Alves
This textbook presents a easy advent to ethnobiology with key options for rookies. it's also written if you happen to train ethnobiology or similar fields. The center matters and ideas, in addition to techniques and theoretical positions are totally covered.
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2013). Numerous useful weeds also preceded the arrival of migrants. One was the castor bean (Ricinus communis), known to colonial Europeans as the Hand of Christ. A readily identifiable shrub both cultivated and spontaneous, this plant has been known and used medicinally since ancient times as a purgative and to eliminate lice (Carney 2013). Enslaved Africans arriving in the Caribbean and South America rediscovered the castor bean and quickly re-assimilated it into their evolving New World ethnoflora (Voeks 2013).
The objects and images are surrounded by the social frameworks of memory and point to the existence of a relationship between our individual memories and the collective, social memory. In this search for the knowing-doing of the past, which transcends era, we confront the fact that attempting to identify memory does not provide us the certainty of what we have in our hands. What we find and have in hand are institutions (sites of memory), and in these, we find “things” or testimonies—books, documents, and objects.
Many paleoethnobiologists rely on large natural history collections at universities and museums. Similarly, the archaeological chemist relies on large databases that record molecular structures of known examples of compounds that derive from plant and animal tissues, whether these are fatty acids, proteins (Fig. 2), or other types of residues. A constant challenge in Paleoethnobiology 29 laboratory analysis is the degree to which molecular structure or tissue morphology is conserved in terms of evolutionary biology (homology) across similar species.
Introduction to Ethnobiology by Ulysses Paulino Albuquerque, Rômulo Romeu Nóbrega Alves