Multi-Proxy Analyses of Bioapatites: Implications for Palaeoecology, Palaeoclimatology and Bioarchaeology

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Both in palaeontology and archaeology, the study of bone and teeth is key to the understanding of the past as they represent direct evidence of life on Earth. The mineral present in bone and teeth (bioapatite – a highly substituted hexagonal calcium phosphate apatite) contains several elements that can be used to reconstruct, palaeodiets, mobility patterns, etc. Every day, important advances are made in the
study of bioapatites using a wide range of analytical methods such as stable isotopes (δ13Cap, δ18Op, δ18Oc, 87Sr/86Sr), ICP-MS, FTIR and µXRF. The combination of the results provides important information on the state of preservation of the samples as well as information on the palaeoenvironment, palaeoclimate and/or palaeodiet of the analysed specimens. Here, results from a wide range of bioapatites are presented the importance of multi-proxy analyses for the comprehensive overview of the state of preservation of the samples. As such, it is possible to select the best possible sample from which the most pristine information can be extracted for palaeoenvironmental reconstructions.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jun 2016
EventGoldschmidt 2016: Conference - Pacifico Yokohama, Yokohama, Japan
Duration: 26 Jun 20161 Jul 2016


ConferenceGoldschmidt 2016
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  • Bioapatite
  • Stable isotope
  • trace elements
  • bone
  • teeth
  • Dinosaur
  • geoarchaeology
  • paleontology
  • Paleoclimate


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