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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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Distribution modelling of pre-Columbian California grasslands with soil phytoliths: New insights for prehistoric grassland ecology and restoration

Fick, S.E., and R.R. Evett. 2018. Distribution modelling of pre-Columbian California grasslands with soil phytoliths: New insights for prehistoric grassland ecology and restoration. PLoS ONE 13(4):e0194315. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0194315 This article opens a new frontier for phytolith research, for the first time combining phytolith data with a species distribution modeling (SDM) approach to estimate the prehistoric distribution […]

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Sea-level fluctuations and the developing Hemudu culture in the Lower Yangtze River, China

Keyang He, Houyuan Lu, Yunfei Zheng, Jianping Zhang, Deke Xu, Xiujia Huan, Jiehua Wang, and Shao Lei. 2018. Middle-Holocene Sea-Level Fluctuations Interrupted the Developing Hemudu Culture in the Lower Yangtze River, China. Quaternary Science Reviews 188: 90-103. https://doi-org.lama.univ-amu.fr/10.1016/j.quascirev.2018.03.034 This multi-proxy study combining phytolith, pollen, and diatom analyses, was carried out on the eastern coastal zone […]

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