Elucidation of Size Patterning in Phytolith Assemblages by Field-Flow Fractionation
Shape frequency distributions of phytolith assemblages have provided information for paleoecological reconstruction. Currently, there are no accepted methods for investigating corresponding patterning in phytolith sizes. Outlined here is a high-resolution analytical technique for characterizing size distributions, using flow-programmed field-flow fractionation. Results indicate discrete size distributions in different ecological contexts.
Beau T. Hansen, Mark G. Plew, and Martin Schimpf. "Elucidation of Size Patterning in Phytolith Assemblages by Field-Flow Fractionation" Journal of Archaeological Science 25.4 (1998): 349-357.
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