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Bird, D.W., B.F. Codding, R. Bliege Bird, D.W. Zeanah, C.J. Taylor (2013).  Megafauna in a continent of small game: archaeological implications of Martu camel hunting in Australia's Western Desert. Quaternary International 297:155-166.  pdf

McCauley, D.J., E. Power, H.S. Young, A. McInturff, R.B. Dunbar, D.W. Bird, W. Durham, F. Micheli (2013). Conservation at the edge of the world. Biological Conservation 165:139-145.  pdf

Jones, J.H., R. Bliege Bird, D.W. Bird (2013).  To kill a kangaroo: understanding the decision to pursue high-risk/high-gain resources. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 280:20131210.  pdf

Bliege Bird, R., N. Taylor, B.F. Codding, D.W. Bird (2013). Niche construction and Dreaming logic: Aboriginal patch mosaic burning and varanid lizards (Varanus gouldii) in Australia. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, in press.

Codding, B.F. and D.W. Bird (2013).  Finding fire: a global perspective on traditional burning in California. California Archaeology, in press.

Codding, B.F., J.F. O’Connell, D.W. Bird (2013).  Shellfishing and the colonization of Sahul: a multivariate model evaluating the dynamic effects of prey utility, transport costs & life history on foraging patterns and midden composition. Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology, in press.

Codding, B.F., A.R. Whitaker, D.W. Bird (2013).  Global patterns in the exploitation of shellfish. Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology, in press.

Scelza, B.,  D.W. Bird, R. Bliege Bird (2013).  Bush tucker, shop tucker: production, consumption and diet at an Aboriginal outstation. Ecology of Food and Nutrition, in press.

Bird, D.W., B.F. Codding, R. Bliege Bird, D.W. Zeanah (2012).  Risky pursuits: implications of Martu hunting strategies for archaeological measures of subsistence change.  American Antiquity 77:186-194.

Bliege Bird, R., B.F. Codding, P. Kauhanen, D.W. Bird (2012).  Aboriginal hunting buffers climate-driven fire-size variability in Australia’s spinifex grasslands. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA 109:10287-10292. pdf

Bird, D.W. and J.F. O’Connell (2012).  Human behavioral ecology. In Archaeological Theory Today, 2nd Edition, I. Hodder (ed.). Cambridge: Polity Press.

Bliege Bird, R., B. Scelza, D.W. Bird and E.A. Smith (2012)  The hierarchy of virtue: mutualism, altruism, and signaling in Martu women's cooperative hunting. Evolution and Human Behavior 33:64-78. pdf

Codding, B.F., D.W. Bird and T.L. Jones (2012).  A land of work: foraging behavior and ecology. In California: Contemporary Issues in the Archaeology of a Goodly Llande, T.L. Jones and J.E. Perry (eds). Left Coast Press, Walnut Creek, pp 115-131.

Codding, B.F., R. Bliege Bird, D.W. Bird (2011).  Provisioning offspring and others: risk-energy trade-offs and gender differences in hunter-gatherer foraging strategies. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 278:2502-2509.  pdf

Bird, D.W. and R. Bliege Bird (2010).  Competing to be leaderless: food sharing and magnanimity among Martu Aborigines. In The Evolution Of Leadership: Transitions In Decision Making From Small-Scale To Middle-Range Societies, J. Kanter, K. Vahn and J. Earkins (eds), pp. 21-49. Santa Fe: SAR Press.  pdf

Codding, B.F., D.W. Bird, R. Bliege Bird (2010). Interpreting abundance indices: some zooarchaeological implications of Martu foraging. Journal of Archaeological Science 37:3200-3210pdf

Bird, D.W. (2009).  The inherent value of foraging. Arena Magazine 98:30-33.  link

Bird, D.W., R. Bliege Bird, B.F. Codding (2009).  In pursuit of mobile prey: Martu hunting strategies and archaeofaunal interpretation. American Antiquity 74:3-29.  pdf

Bliege Bird, R., B.F. Codding, D.W. Bird (2009).  What explains differences in men’s and women’s production? Determinants of gendered foraging inequalities among Martu. Human Nature 20(2):105-129. .pdf

Bliege Bird, R., D.W. Bird, B.F. Codding, C.H. Parker, J.H. Jones (2008).  The “fire stick farming” hypothesis: Australian Aboriginal foraging strategies, biodiversity and anthropogenic fire mosaics. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA 105: 1479-14801.  pdf

Bliege Bird, R. and D.W. Bird (2008).  Why women hunt: risk and contemporary foraging in a Western Desert Aboriginal community.  Current Anthropology 49:655-693.  pdf

Bird, D.W. and B.F. Codding (2008).  Human behavioral ecology and the use of ancient landscapes.  In Handbook of Landscape Archaeology, B. David and J. Thomas (eds), pp. 396-408. Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press.

Bird, D.W. and J.F. O’Connell (2006).  Human behavioral ecology and archaeology.  Journal of Archaeological Research, 14:143-188.  pdf

Bird, D.W., R. Bliege Bird, C.H. Parker (2005).  Aboriginal burning regimes and hunting strategies in Australia’s Western Desert.  Human Ecology 33:443-464.  pdf

Bliege Bird, R. and D.W. Bird (2005).  Human hunting seasonality.  In Primate Seasonality: Studies of Living and Extinct Human and Nonhuman Primates, D. Brockman and C. van Shaik (eds.), pp. 243-266.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.  pdf

Bird, D.W. and R. Bliege Bird (2005).  Martu children’s hunting strategies in the Western Desert, Australia. In Hunter-Gatherer Childhoods: Evolutionary, Developmental & Cultural Perspectives, B.S. Hewlett and M.E. Lamb (eds), pp. 129-146.  New Brunswick: Aldine Transaction.  pdf

Bird, D.W., R. Bliege Bird, and C. H. Parker (2004).  Women who hunt with fire.  Australian Aboriginal Studies, 2004(1): 90-96.

Bird, D.W. and R. Bliege Bird (2004).  Evolutionary and ecological understandings of the economics of desert societies. In Desert Peoples: Archaeological Perspectives, P.M. Veth, M. Smith, and P. Hiscock (eds), pp. 81-99.  London: Blackwell Scientific.

Bird, D.W., R. Bliege Bird, and J.L. Richardson (2004).  Meriam ethnoarchaeology: shellfishing and shellmiddens.  Memoirs of the Queensland Museum, Cultural Heritage Series 3(1): 183-197. pdf

Carter, M., A. Barham, S. O’Connor, P. Veth, D.W. Bird, and R. Bliege Bird (2004).  The Meriam Islands archaeological project: preliminary results of excavations on Mer and Dauar, eastern Torres Strait. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum, Cultural Heritage Series 3(1): 164-182.

Carter, M, P. Veth, A. Barham, D.W. Bird, S. O'Connor, and R. Bird. (2004). Archaeology of the Murray Islands, Torres Strait: implications for a regional prehistory.  In R. Davis (ed.) Woven Histories, Dancing Lives:  Torres Strait Islander Identity, Culture and History, pp. 234-258.  London: Australian Aboriginal Studies Press.

Bird, D.W., R. Bliege Bird, and C. H. Parker (2003).  Women who hunt with fire: Aboriginal resource use and fire regimes in Australia's Western Desert.  Arid Lands Newsletter 54: ISSN 1092-5481.

Smith, E.A., R. Bliege Bird, and D.W. Bird (2003).  The benefits of costly signaling: Meriam turtle hunters and spearfishers.  Behavioral Ecology 14:116-126.  pdf

Bird, D.W., J.L. Richardson, P.M. Veth, and A.J. Barham (2002).  Explaining shellfish variability in middens on the Meriam Islands, Torres Strait Australia.  Journal of Archaeological Science, 29:457-469.  pdf

Bird, D.W. and R. Bliege Bird (2002).  Children on the reef:  slow learning or strategic foraging?  Human Nature, 13:269-298.  pdf

Bird, D.W. (2002).  Human foraging strategies: human diet and food practices.  In the Encyclopedia of Evolution, M. Pagel (ed).  Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Bliege Bird, R. and D.W. Bird (2002).  Constraints of knowing or constraints on growing? Fishing and collecting among the children of Mer.  Human Nature, 13:239-268.  pdf

Bliege Bird, R., D.W. Bird, E.A. Smith, and G. Kushnick (2002).  Risk and reciprocity in Meriam food sharing.  Evolution and Human Behavior 23:297-321.  pdf

Bliege Bird, R., E.A. Smith, and D.W. Bird (2001).  The hunting handicap: costly signaling in male foraging strategies.  Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 50:9-19.  pdf

Bird, D.W. and R. Bliege Bird (2000).  The ethnoarchaeology of juvenile foraging:  shellfishing strategies among Meriam children.  Journal of Anthropological Archaeology, 19:461-476.  pdf

Bird, D.W. (1997).  Behavioral ecology and the archaeological consequences of central place foraging among the Meriam.  Archaeological Papers of the American Anthropological Association, 7:291-306. pdf

Bird, D.W. and R. Bliege Bird (1997).  Contemporary shellfish gathering strategies among the Meriam of the Torres Strait Islands, Australia: testing predictions of a central place foraging model. Journal of Archaeological Science 24:39-63.

Bird, D.W. and R. Bliege Bird (1997).  The science of foragers: evaluating variability among hunter-gatherers.  Antiquity  71:477-480.  

Bliege Bird, R. and D.W. Bird (1997).  Delayed reciprocity and tolerated theft:  the behavioral ecology of food sharing strategies.  Current Anthropology 38:49-78.  pdf

Bliege Bird, R., E.A. Smith, and D.W. Bird (1997).  Quantitative ethnography and the study of human behavior.  AnthroQuest 1997(4):1-5.

Bliege Bird, R., D.W. Bird, and J.M. Beaton (1995).  Children and traditional subsistence activities on Mer (Murray Island), Torres Strait, Australia.  Australian Aboriginal Studies 1995(1): 2-17.