Does natural weathering change the stable isotope composition (²H, ¹³C, ¹⁵N, ¹⁸O and ³⁴S) of cattle hair?

@article{Auerswald2011DoesNW,
  title={Does natural weathering change the stable isotope composition (²H, ¹³C, ¹⁵N, ¹⁸O and ³⁴S) of cattle hair?},
  author={Karl Auerswald and Andreas Rossmann and Rudi Sch{\"a}ufele and Michael Schwertl and Frank J. Monahan and Hans Schnyder},
  journal={Rapid communications in mass spectrometry : RCM},
  year={2011},
  volume={25 24},
  pages={3741-8}
}
Stable isotope analysis of hair has found applications in many fields of science because it provides a temporally resolved, fairly stable isotopic archive of mammalian individuals. We investigated whether this hair archive is modified by natural weathering while attached to a living animal. We analyzed the tail switch hairs of one suckler cow, sampled seven times over a period of four annual summer pasture-winter stall feeding cycles. We compared relative isotope ratios (δ²H, δ¹³C, δ¹⁵N, δ¹⁸O… CONTINUE READING
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