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Brief communication: tissue isotopic enrichment associated with growth depression in a pig: implications for archaeology and ecology.
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PMID:  20052664     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Stressors such as fasting or poor diet quality are thought to potentially alter the nitrogen and carbon isotopic values of animal tissues. In this study, we demonstrate an inverse correlation between growth rate and multiple tissue enrichment of delta(15)N, delta(13)C, and, to a lesser degree, delta(18)O in a juvenile pig. A more complex pattern is observed with respect to tissue deltaD and growth rate. The observed association between growth rate and tissue isotopic fractionation has important implications for paleodietary and migratory reconstructions of archaeological populations that may have been affected by famine, malnutrition, seasonal variation in food availability, and/or other factors that can affect childhood growth rates.
Christina Warinner; Noreen Tuross
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  American journal of physical anthropology     Volume:  141     ISSN:  1096-8644     ISO Abbreviation:  Am. J. Phys. Anthropol.     Publication Date:  2010 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-02-08     Completed Date:  2010-05-03     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0400654     Medline TA:  Am J Phys Anthropol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  486-93     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Anthropology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Animal Feed
Animal Nutritional Physiological Phenomena*
Bone and Bones / chemistry
Carbon Isotopes / analysis
Collagen / chemistry
Drinking Behavior
Growth / physiology
Malnutrition / epidemiology,  veterinary
Nitrogen Isotopes / analysis
Swine / growth & development,  physiology*
Swine Diseases / epidemiology
Zea mays
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Carbon Isotopes; 0/Nitrogen Isotopes; 7732-18-5/Water; 9007-34-5/Collagen

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