A Universal phytolith key

Doreen Bowdery, Diane M. Hart, Carol Lentfer, Lynley A. Wallis

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    To enable a wider dissemination of phytolith data and to increase the potential of phytolith analysis the need for a comprehensive phytolith classification system which can be used by researches from a wide range of disciplines is critical and long overdue. A series of papers will describe and illustrate a key based on eight basic disarticulated shape categories with additional, subsequent levels. Where ever possible non-subjective, geometric terms are employed. This first (work-in-progress) paper briefly describes the overall key and, in particular, addresses surface ornamentation applicable to any phytolith (biogenic silica) shape. Eleven types of ornamentation are described and illustrated.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationPhytoliths
    Subtitle of host publicationApplications in Earth Sciences and Human History
    EditorsJean Dominique Meunier, Fabrice Colin
    Place of PublicationLisse France
    PublisherA. A. Balkema
    Number of pages12
    ISBN (Print)905809345X
    Publication statusPublished - 2001
    EventInternational Meeting on Phytolith Research (2nd : 1998) - Aix-en-Provence, France
    Duration: 1 Jan 1998 → …


    ConferenceInternational Meeting on Phytolith Research (2nd : 1998)
    Period1/01/98 → …


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