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Quantitative Paleozoology

By: R Lee Lyman
348 pages, Figs, tabs
Quantitative Paleozoology
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  • Quantitative Paleozoology ISBN: 9780521887496 Hardback Apr 2008 Not in stock: Usually dispatched within 6 days
Price: £57.99
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Quantitative Paleozoology describes and illustrates how the remains of long-dead animals recovered from archaeological and paleontological excavations can be studied and analyzed. The methods range from determining how many animals of each species are represented to determining whether one collection consists of more broken and more burned bones than another. All methods are described and illustrated with data from real collections, while numerous graphs illustrate various quantitative properties.


1. Tallying and counting: fundamentals;
2. Estimating taxonomic abundances: NISP and MNI;
3. Estimating taxonomic abundances: other methods;
4. Sampling, recovery, and sample size;
5. Measuring the taxonomic structure and composition ('diversity') of faunas;
6. Skeletal completeness, frequencies of skeletal parts, and fragmentation;
7. Tallying for taphonomy: weathering, burning, corrosion, butchering;
8. Final thoughts.

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R. Lee Lyman is professor of anthropology at the University of Missouri-Columbia. A scholar of late Quaternary paleomammology and human prehistory of the Pacific Northwest United States, he is the author of Vertebrate Taphonomy and most recently coedited Zooarchaeology and Conservation Biology.

By: R Lee Lyman
348 pages, Figs, tabs
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Quantitative Paleozoology is practical and useful, and does exactly what it is meant to do-provide a clearly-organized and well-cited reference manual that both students and professionals in zooarchaeology and paleontology (collectively referred to as 'paleozoology') can pick up, understand, and implement. --PaleoAnthropology

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