By R. Lee Lyman
Quantitative Paleozoology describes and illustrates how the is still of long-dead animals recovered from archaeological and paleontological excavations could be studied and analyzed. The equipment variety from selecting what number animals of every species are represented to picking no matter if one assortment involves extra damaged and extra burned bones than one other. All tools are defined and illustrated with info from genuine collections, whereas a variety of graphs illustrate a variety of quantitative houses.
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The critical thing to remember is the difference between a specimen and a skeletal element; both terms will reappear often in what follows, and both kinds of units can be identified and tallied. M A T H E M A T I C A L A N D S T A T I S T I C A L CO N CE P T S This book is about quantification, but the topics covered include different sorts of quantification, particularly counting or tallying units, methods of counting, and analyzing counts. A term that might have been used in the title of the book, were it not for its generality, is measurement.
Furthermore, the dead organisms may be a “population” in a statistical sampling sense, but they might not be, depending on the question asked. , all of those from a biocoenose, which, after all, must all die), but they may be less than that, such as when the set of dead organisms represents only part – a sample – of a biocoenose. ” It is perhaps best, for this reason alone, to conceive of a thanatocoenose as a set of dead organisms, usually somehow stratigraphically or analytically bounded (see the discussion of a faunule later in this chapter).
Of organisms on the landscape? Stock’s census of Rancho La Brea mammals was, he hoped, an accurate proxy measure of the structure and composition of the mammalian fauna on the landscape at the time of the deposition of the remains. That long-dead fauna is not directly visible or measurable, so how well the remains from the tar pits actually reflect or measure that fauna in terms of which taxon was most abundant and which was least abundant and a host of other properties (how accurately MNI measures the landscape fauna) cannot be determined.
Quantitative Paleozoology by R. Lee Lyman