Christopher O’Brien is an Adjunct Professor of Anthropology at California State University, Chico and Adjunct Faculty at Lassen Community College, Susanville. His day job is as the Public Services Staff Officer for Lassen National Forest in northern California. He received his BS in Anthropology from the University of California-Davis and a MA and PhD in Anthropology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is currently working on the zooarchaeology of several cave and rockshelter sites in northern California, and the historical ecology of several species. He has also been directing archaeological excavations in western Tanzania since 2002. Views expressed on these pages are those of the writer and do not reflect those of the US Forest Service or any other land management agency except where explicitly indicated and where that view has been made public by the agency itself.


  1. I’ve just found your site through 4SH via Tim Jones at remotecentral. Good one.

  2. Christopher,

    My blog has moved and it has a new address:


    Please, upgrade your blogroll.

    Claude Mariottini

  3. Hi, I am interested in an old blog posting of yours on the Catholic church ruling on Capybaras and Sea Turtles as misclassified food animals, can you please point me to any documentation on those papal decrees as well as any groups that were lobbying the Vatican to change their stance? Most of my research only turns up the “rumors” of missionaries who wanted something to eat during Lent, but no actual dates or documentation. Even your post doesn’t have many details 😀

    Please reply to hapa (dot) gal (dot) 3 (at) gmail (dot) com

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