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12th International Meeting for Phytolith Research

  • November 5, 2019
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FIRST CIRCULAR The International Phytolith Society together with the host institution Kiel University (Christian-Albrechts Universität zu Kiel) are glad to welcome you to the 12th IMPR! Where/When The event will find place in Kiel (Germany) In September 9 –12, 2020. Important dates The dates of the conference are 09–12.09.2020 (Wednesday–Saturday). The call for abstract and […]

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The new code for phytolith nomenclature, version 2.0 IS NOW published!

  • September 26, 2019
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The International Committee for Phytolith Taxonomy has worked hard !… The new international code for phytolith nomenclature is now available. We encourage all phytolith researchers to use it from now on! Thank you! Download the paper with its supplementary material can be downloaded for free on the Annals of Botany website

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Survey on grass phytolith identification: see the results!

  • September 26, 2019
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Caroline Strömberg and Tim Gallaher developed a machine learning and computer vision (ML&CV) tool for automatically identifying grass silica short cell phytoliths (GSSCP). To make this tool better than a human at identifying GSSCP, they asked phytolith researchers to take a test. You can still take this ~10-minute anonymous survey to try to identify 14 […]

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International Phytolith Society Board elections results

  • July 8, 2019
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Dear IPS members, The election period is now over and I am pleased to formally announce the results and congratulate our new IPS board members: President-elect Doris Barboni (23 votes) Member-at-large Yansheng Gu (18 votes) Member-at-large Katharina Neumann (15 votes) During the 30 days election period we have received a total number of 26 electronic […]

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Advances in morphometrics in archaeobotany

  • April 1, 2019
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Portillo, M., Ball, T.B., Wallace, M., Murphy, C., Pérez-Díaz, S., Ruiz-Alonso, M., Aceituno, F. J., López-Sáez, J. A. 2019. Advances in morphometrics in archaeobotany. Environmental Archaeology: the Journal of Human Palaeoecology. doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/14614103.2019.1569351 This paper reviews current methodologies, recent applications, and advances in the use of morphometrics for various types of plant remains, its applications […]

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Phytoliths as an indicator of early modern humans plant gathering strategies, fire fuel and site occupation intensity during the Middle Stone Age at Pinnacle Point 5-6 (south coast, South Africa)

Esteban I, Marean CW, Fisher EC, Karkanas P, Cabanes D, Albert RM (2018) Phytoliths as an indicator of early modern humans plant gathering strategies, fire fuel and site occupation intensity during the Middle Stone Age at Pinnacle Point 5-6 (south coast, South Africa). PLoS ONE 13(6): e0198558. http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0198558 This article provides insight on the foraging […]

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Subdecadal phytolith and charcoal records from Lake Malawi, East Africa imply minimal effects on human evolution from the ~74 ka Toba supereruption

Chad L. Yost, Lily J. Jackson, Jeffery R. Stone, Andrew S. Cohen, 2018. Journal of Human Evolution, v. 116, p. 75-94. Our study uses phytoliths and microcharcoal from lake sediments to determine the effects of the Indonesian Mount Toba supereruption at ~75 ka on the climate and vegetation of East Africa. We worked with sediment […]

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