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|Title:||Reconstructing Southern Hemisphere late-Pleistocene and Holocene paleaeo-environments using ancient DNA from cave and swamp-preserved bones and sediments|
|Citation:||Quarternary International, 2007; 167-168(supplement 1):19|
|Publisher Place:||United Kingdom|
|Conference Name:||Inqua Congress : The tropics : Heat engine of the quaternary (17th : 2007 : Cairns, Australia)|
|Abstract:||Ancient DNA preserved in macro-fossil remains, coprolites and, more generally, within stratified sediments provides a potentially rich source of information on past environments that complements traditional palaeo-environmental reconstruction methods. Cave sediments are a particularly important source of genetic information for many reasons – caves concentrate faunal remains from surrounding areas via “pit-fall capture” or accumulation of faecal pellets from wide-ranging avian and mammalian predators and scavengers, cave sediments are gener¬ally more protected from erosion and re-working, and caves maintain more constant and lower temperatures than the surrounding environ¬ments – critical to long-term survival of DNA. We have analysed avian and mammalian specimens from several sites in Australia, New Zealand and Patagonia to resolve taxonomic and ecological issues.|
|Appears in Collections:||Earth and Environmental Sciences publications|
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