Enamel diagenesis at South African Australopith sites : Implications for paleoecological reconstruction with trace elements

  title={Enamel diagenesis at South African Australopith sites : Implications for paleoecological reconstruction with trace elements},
  author={Matt Sponheimer and Julia A Lee-Thorp},
Elemental ratio data from archaeological and paleontological bone have often been used for paleoecological reconstruction, but recent studies have shown that, even when solubility profiling techniques are employed in an attempt to recover biogenic signals, bone is an unreliable material. As a result, there has been renewed interest in using enamel for such studies, as it is known to be less susceptible to diagenesis. Nevertheless, enamel is not immune from diagenetic processes, and several… CONTINUE READING


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