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By Peter L. Lutz

The luck of the 1st quantity of The Biology of Sea Turtles published a necessity for extensive yet complete stories of significant contemporary advances in sea turtle biology. Biology of Sea Turtles, quantity II emphasizes sensible features of biology that relate to sea turtle administration and to alterations in marine and coastal ecosystems. those issues contain the interactions of people and sea turtles, an advent to sea turtle anatomy, sensory and reproductive biology, sea turtle habitat use and ecology, rigidity and overall healthiness, and the upkeep of captured animals. This quantity offers either old and up to date details

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Andrews, 1986: 70). ) that it was evidently used as a commercial port, linking the interior of the Peninsula with Isla Mujeres (Andrews and Robles, 1986: 132). It was proposed that the turtle carapaces — and even the skulls — were used as containers (Andrews, 1986: 69). The use of marine turtle shells as vessels is not unusual in the Maya area or elsewhere, but there is no known evidence for using the skulls as containers, or anything else other than hunting trophies. Although El Meco is on the coast, at present the closest shore is rocky limestone, unsuitable for nesting by marine turtles.

However, in many cases there is confusion about whether marine turtles were actually being depicted. Chelonians “are not often represented in [ancient Mesopotamian] art, and even when they are pictured there is as a rule no clear distinction between the salt-water turtle and the land tortoise” (van Buren, 1939: 103). Some interpretations of chelonians — for example, on cylinder seals — have been subsequently reinterpreted as representing totally different animals, for example, hedgehogs (van Buren, 1939: 103).

Ancient “written” information is also available from the Western Hemisphere. The analysis of Maya glyphs provides evidence from diverse sources of the importance of turtles to a culture that dates back more than three millennia, and as discussed above, marine turtles were evidently referred to in many cases. , 1993: 65). fm Page 29 Friday, November 15, 2002 11:13 AM Prehistoric and Ancient Historic Interactions 29 were essential intermediaries. According to some authors, among the more prized trade objects originating from Yucatán was tortoiseshell, a product that the Aztecs took back home (Scholes and Roys, 1968: 29).

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