In 2012, we worked during two periods with veterinarian Enrique Angulo, who studies person-animal relationships based on evidence from archaeological contexts. He collaborated with Antje Chiu Werner of the Museo Nacional de Historia Natural on identification of feathers used in constructing fans, tassels, and feathered garments placed within the Paracas Necropolis mortuary bundles. He focused on restudy of material published by Yacovleff in 1933, as well as objects from the gravelots under study in this project. He found that in most cases Yacovleff’s identifications were accurate, though the scientific names of the species may have changed.
The pair of matching tassels from burial 262 clearly combine body coverts from a macaw (Ara sp.) with feathers from the tail of a subspecies of the mealy parrot, Amazona farinosa, though we could not find an example of a 20th century population that would exactly match in color in either the MNHN (Lima) or the AMNH (NYC).