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An enigma revisited: identification of palm phytoliths extracted from the 1983 Rapa Nui, Rano Kao2 core

Bowdery, Doreen


Collection of climatic, environmental and archaeological data from the remote southern oceanic island of Rapa Nui is a continuous process. There are many enigmas, such as the unique Moai statuary and sparsity of vegetation. Pollen studies concluded that the pre-human island Rapa Nui was dominated by a now extinct palm, Paschalococosdisperta. The phytolith research reported here has identified the presence through time of other palm species. Plant biogenic silica phytolith microfossils were...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2014
Type: Journal article
Source: Vegetation History and Archaeobotany
DOI: 10.1007/s00334-014-0503-x


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