Fitzroy's fighting Fuegians: Comparison of palaeopathological and ethnographic indications of fighting behaviour in an extinct human population
Article first published online: 29 SEP 2010
Copyright © 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
International Journal of Osteoarchaeology
Volume 22, Issue 3, pages 373–378, May/June 2012
How to Cite
Underdown, S. (2012), Fitzroy's fighting Fuegians: Comparison of palaeopathological and ethnographic indications of fighting behaviour in an extinct human population. Int. J. Osteoarchaeol., 22: 373–378. doi: 10.1002/oa.1211
- Issue published online: 2 JUN 2012
- Article first published online: 29 SEP 2010
- Manuscript Accepted: 6 AUG 2010
- Manuscript Revised: 4 AUG 2010
- Manuscript Received: 3 MAY 2010
- Tierra del Fuego;
The Selk'nam were an indigenous population of Tierra del Fuego that are now extinct. Contemporary accounts, including those of Robert Fitzroy and Charles Darwin, attest to their prodigious size and strength. These accounts and others record that the Selk'nam were enthusiastic wrestlers and fought till one or other of the opponents could no longer continue. Presented here is a case of traumatic injury to the ulnae and radii of a Selk'nam male that is concomitant with injuries sustained during such activity and as such would provide intriguing evidence of this practice in the skeletal record of an extinct human population. Copyright © 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.