Numerical approaches to land snail palaeoecology

Law, M ORCID: 0000-0002-6127-5353 (2017) 'Numerical approaches to land snail palaeoecology.' In: Allen, M.J, ed. Molluscs in archaeology: methods, approaches and applications. Oxbow, Oxford. ISBN 9781785706080

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This chapter outlines statistical methods for dealing with molluscan assemblages. Approaches to data presentation are discussed, assessing the merit of presenting absolute and relative abundance of shells; and detailing methods for representing change through time in vertical sequences of samples. Ordination methods which may be used to explore lateral variation between samples, and the concept of taxocenes, are discussed, along with the use of various measures of diversity and their implications for interpreting taphonomy. Finally, metrical variation within and between collections of single species are explored as palaeoenvironmental proxies, and methods for extrapolating climate data from land snails evaluated.

Item Type: Book Chapter or Section

Part of the 'Studying Scientific Archaeology' series.

Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
Divisions: School of Sciences
Date Deposited: 06 Mar 2017 14:59
Last Modified: 30 Mar 2023 05:30
References: snails, archaeology, environmental archaeology, statistics
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