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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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Take a survey on grass phytolith identification!

  • May 9, 2019
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Caroline Strömberg and Tim Gallaher are developing 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 have to know just how good us phytolith researchers are. They need your help! Please take this ~10-minute anonymous […]

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Springs, palm groves, and the record of early hominins in Africa

  • May 6, 2019
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Barboni, D., Ashley, G.M., Bourel, B., Arraiz, H., Mazur, J.-C., 2019. Springs, palm groves, and the record of early hominins in Africa. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology 266, 23–41. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.revpalbo.2019.03.004   In this paper we explore the importance of groundwater-fed micro-habitats in Eastern Africa and provide new pollen and phytolith data to evaluate how […]

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Small-scale spatial resolution of the soil phytolith record in a rainforest and a dry forest in Costa Rica

  • May 6, 2019
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Crifò, C. and Strömberg, C.A., 2019. Small-scale spatial resolution of the soil phytolith record in a Neotropical rainforest and a dry forest in Costa Rica: applications to the deep-time fossil phytolith record. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.palaeo.2019.03.008 Our objective was to define guidelines for the collection of soil samples to conduct phytolith modern analogue studies […]

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Climate signal of soil phytolith assemblages from the Altay Mountains, Russia

  • May 6, 2019
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Solomonova, M.Y., Blinnikov, M.S., Silantyeva, M.M., Speranskaja, N.Y., 2019. Influence of moisture and temperature regimes on the phytolith assemblage composition of mountain ecosystems of the mid latitudes: a case study from the Altay Mountains. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 7, 2. dog: https://doi.org/10.3389/fevo.2019.00002 Reconstruction of past ecosystems requires understanding of modern deposition patterns and taphonomy […]

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Neanderthal plant use and pyrotechnology

  • May 6, 2019
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Wroth, K., Cabanes, D., Marston, J.M., Aldeias, V., Sandgathe, D., Turq, A., Goldberg, P., Dibble, H.L., 2019. Neanderthal plant use and pyrotechnology: phytolith analysis from Roc de Marsal, France. Archaeol Anthropol Sci. doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/s12520-019-00793-9 The plant component of Neanderthal subsistence and technology is not well documented in many regions, partially due to the preservation constraints […]

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Phytolith evidence of cereal processing in the Danube Delta

  • April 30, 2019
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Danu Mihaela, Messager Erwan, Carozza Jean-Michel, Carozza Laurent, Bouby Laurent,Philibert Sylvie, Anderson Patricia, Burens Albane,Micu Cristian, 2019. PPhytolith evidence of cereal processing in the Danube Delta during the Chalcolithic period. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.quaint.2018.03.033   The paper presents the Eneolithic relationship between human and environment in a rarely researched area: the Danube Delta. Research was focused on […]

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Phytoliths and land-use changes in the Gobi Desert of Mongolia

  • April 30, 2019
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Arlene M. Rosen, Thomas C. Hart, Jennifer Farquhar, Joan S. Schneider, Tserendagva Yadmaa. 2019. Holocene Vegetation Cycles, Land-use, and Human Adaptations to Desertification in the Gobi Desert of Mongolia. Vegetation History and Archaeobotany. doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/s00334-018-0710-y Desertification is an ongoing global problem in many localities worldwide. This is due in part to global warming, and drying […]

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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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