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A brief update on developments in early hominin biogeochemistry


Sponheimer, M; Lee-Thorp, J A; Codron, D (2013). A brief update on developments in early hominin biogeochemistry. In: Armitage, R A; Burton, J H. Archaeological Chemistry VIII. Washington DC: American Chemical Society, 295-307.

Abstract

Although two decades have passed since the first biogeochemical studies of early hominin diet were published, the field has only picked up steam in the last few years. There have been major increases in available hominin carbon isotope data which allow exploration of temporal, taxonomic, and biogeographic differences in hominin diet, as well as further investigation of the relationship between diet and masticatory morphology. There have been fewer recent advances in hominin trace element studies (Sr/Ca, Ba/Ca), although evidence of intraindividual dietary variation, including a weaning signal, are likely to spur future research.

Abstract

Although two decades have passed since the first biogeochemical studies of early hominin diet were published, the field has only picked up steam in the last few years. There have been major increases in available hominin carbon isotope data which allow exploration of temporal, taxonomic, and biogeographic differences in hominin diet, as well as further investigation of the relationship between diet and masticatory morphology. There have been fewer recent advances in hominin trace element studies (Sr/Ca, Ba/Ca), although evidence of intraindividual dietary variation, including a weaning signal, are likely to spur future research.

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Item Type:Book Section, refereed, further contribution
Communities & Collections:05 Vetsuisse Faculty > Veterinary Clinic > Department of Small Animals
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
630 Agriculture
Date:2013
Deposited On:12 Nov 2013 13:30
Last Modified:07 Dec 2017 23:38
Publisher:American Chemical Society

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