This is a methodological guide to the use of plant opal phytolith analysis in paleoenvironmental and paleoecological reconstruction. It is the first book-length treatment of this promising technique, which has undergone rapid development within the past few years and is now beginning to be used with considerable success by paleobotanists who serve the archaeological and paleontological research communities. It will be mandatory reading for all paleobotanists, paleoecologists, and archaeological scientists.
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Dolores Piperno works at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama. Her research includes the study of Late Pleistocene and Holocene environments and subsistence in tropical biomes through the analysis of micro-botanical remains (phytoliths and pollen), with emphasis on adaptations to the Neotropical forest.Review:
"...Packed with information... Dr. Piperno's book has brought the science of phytolith analysis out of the realm of mystery and placed it on a level with palynology and other important disciplines. Through this book she has defined and explained a new discipline, discussed techniques, included sections of photographs and taxonomic keys, and by using convincing examples has shown us how and why it works."
--AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF STRATIGRAPHIC PALYNOLOGY
"Piperno has provided both the archaeologists and the paleoecologist with a valuable treatise on the potentials and limitations of phytolith analysis. The high quality of this book makes it essential reading for archaeobotanists as well as archaeologists wishing to learn about the state of the art in phytolith research. The volume will stand as a reference work for many years to come, and, hopefully, will stimulate further basic research in the field of plant phytolith analysis."
--ARTIC AND ALPINE RESEARCH
"This is perhaps the only example, at least in recent times, of achaeological science research being applied to other disciplines... Phytolith Analysis is a wide-ranging book which covers all aspects of this area of archaeological research, and though aimed at the specialist in particular, should prove to be of interest to the general reader in archaeology."
"The great strength of this book is that it legitimates and gives prominence to a group of microfossils about which there has been much detracting myth...Phytolith research has come of age--again (it has already had more than one surge of popularity historically)--and this book will help spread the news."
--Edward E.C. Clebsch, University of Tennessee, Department of Botany in ECOLOGY
"This book is an excellent summary of phytolith analysis to date and presents the case for acceptance of phytolith analysis as an important palaeoecological tool."
--Susan Mulholland & George Rapp, Jr., University of Minnesota, Duluth in ANTIQUITY
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Book Description Academic Press. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. 0125571755 Good+; Hardcover; Withdrawn library copy with the standard library markings; Light wear to the covers; Library stamps to the endpapers; Text pages are clean & unmarked; Binding is excellent with a straight spine; This book will be stored and delivered in a sturdy cardboard box with foam padding; Medium Format (8.5" - 9.75" tall); Dark green cloth covers with title in gold lettering ; 1988, Academic Press; 280 pages; "Phytolyth Analysis: An Archaeological and Geological Perspective," by Dolores R. Piperno. Bookseller Inventory # SKU-U01LK20011155