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International Archaeological Reports since 1974

An Evolutionary Study of Some Archaeologically Significant Avian Taxa in the Quaternary of the Western Palaearctic

£64.00
Author:
John R. Stewart
Publication Year:
2007
Language:
English
Paperback:
294pp. Includes 217 figures, 108 tables
ISBN 10:
140730089X
ISBN:
9781407300894
BAR number:
S1653
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BOOK DESCRIPTION
This work sets out to examine four taxa of birds from the Quaternary of Europe that exhibit interesting morphological anomalies - cranes (Grus), grouse/ptarmigans (Lagopus), ravens (Corvus corax) and starlings (Sturnus) - to address whether these were the result of inter- or intraspecific processes. Modern skeletal material of these taxa from a wide geographical area was examined so as to make a more realistic assessment of the fossils than had previously been achieved. Similarly, fossils were studied from a wider geographical and temporal range than before. The study of the four chosen taxa was carried out with an acknowledgement of a variety of theoretical issues in biology, which affect the interpretation of such fossils.