Three case studies used to reassess the reliability of fossil bone and enamel isotope signals for paleodietary studies

  title={Three case studies used to reassess the reliability of fossil bone and enamel isotope signals for paleodietary studies},
  author={Julia Lee-Thorpa and Matt Sponheimera},
  • Julia Lee-Thorpa, Matt Sponheimera
  • Published 2003
The emphasis on tooth enamel for extraction of stable light isotope signals from the mineral phase of archaeological and paleontological calcified tissues is based on the widespread understanding that enamel remains a relatively closed system, while bone does not. Twenty years ago, however, Sullivan and Krueger s groundbreaking study demonstrating the potential of stable carbon isotopes from the mineral phase relied entirely on bone apatite samples from archaeological sites. Further effort to… CONTINUE READING
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