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The challenge of pollen analysis in palaeoenvironmental studies of hominid beds: the record from Sterkfontein caves.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  10208793     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
The search for pollen in carbonate-rich sediments from the hominid site Sterkfontein has been justified because previous investigations suggested that although pollen contamination is a problem, speleothems (e.g. travertines and stalagmites) are most likely to contain reliable assemblages. The new results confirm that, although they have some potential, most sediment types from the site, even speleothems, are usually not suitable for analysis and that they contain very low concentrations of pollen, if any. The extraction of pollen from them is complicated by the problem of contamination from the modern environment. Such contamination has shown up in many previous investigations at this and similar sites and judging from published literature, its significance has not been fully appreciated. Cave palynology can be a very valuable tool in palaeoenvironmental research but the caveats associated with palynology of different sediment types especially carbonate impregnated sediments must be emphasized.
Authors:
J S Carrión; L Scott
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of human evolution     Volume:  36     ISSN:  0047-2484     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Hum. Evol.     Publication Date:  1999 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1999-06-15     Completed Date:  1999-06-15     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0337330     Medline TA:  J Hum Evol     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  401-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
Copyright 1999 Academic Press.
Affiliation:
Department of Botany and Genetics, University of the Orange Free State, Bloemfontein, 9300, South Africa.
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Animals
Environment*
Evolution
Fossils
Hominidae
Humans
Paleontology*
Pollen / chemistry*
Soil / analysis*
Chemical
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Soil

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