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Lec 6 Paleoenvironmental Reconstruction 2

Lec 6 Paleoenvironmental Reconstruction 2 - Mon Sept 14 To...

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Mon. Sept. 14 To Do List – Environmental Reconstruction Continued What can vegetation reconstruction tell us? What is Paleobotany? What is Palynology? Data, Preservation, Methods, Sampling, Interpretation Discussion of 1 st Article Write-up
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Conceptual Model Relating Aspects of the Environment (Redman figure 3.1) NATURE CULTURE BIOTIC ABIOTIC Plants and Animal Communities Climatic / Geographic Context Human / Social Systems Built Environment
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What can reconstructing past vegetation tell us? Past climate conditions What plants were available for humans What animals are available for humans (tropic levels) How humans impacted plant communities Domestication of plants Changed the distribution of plants Extinction/Introduction of plants – changed the composition of plant communities Direct and indirect impacts
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Vegetation Communities and Climate
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Paleobotany and Archeobotany Palentological and Archaeological specialty Data: fossils, pollen, spores, macrobotanical remains, charcoal/wood, phytoliths, coprolites, quids
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