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Wertz, K, Tornberg, R, Huhtala, K, Diakowski, M, Kotowski, J, Kot, M. Where the snags are: Looking into bird bones. Int J Osteoarchaeol. 2021; 31: 663– 669. https://doi.org/10.1002/oa.2976

Where the snags are : looking into bird bones

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Author: Wertz, Krzysztof1; Tornberg, Risto2; Huhtala, Kauko2;
Organizations: 1Institute of Systematics and Evolution of Animals, Polish Academy of Sciences, Krakow, Poland
2Ecology and Genetics Research Unit, Faculty of Science, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
3Institute of Archaeology, University of Wrocław, Wrocław, Poland
4Faculty of Geology, University of Warsaw, Warszawa, Poland
5Faculty of Archaeology, University of Warsaw, Warszawa, Poland
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: embargoed
Persistent link: http://urn.fi/urn:nbn:fi-fe2021102552152
Language: English
Published: John Wiley & Sons, 2021
Publish Date: 2022-03-01
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Abstract

A study of bird remains from the Koziarnia Cave (Poland) revealed the presence of nearly a dozen bony shreds (snags) projecting from the natural canals in bones; the snags were made of a material that accumulated during the Late Pleistocene. This paper describes this phenomenon and determines the most probable agent responsible for its occurrence by utilizing observations of snag microstructure, taphonomic analysis of bird assemblages from Koziarnia Cave, and surveys of collected bird remains (modern and fossilized). The presence of snag may be a good qualitative indicator of an agent responsible for the accumulation of bird bones at archeological sites and could be useful in future taphonomic studies.

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Series: International journal of osteoarchaeology
ISSN: 1047-482X
ISSN-E: 1099-1212
ISSN-L: 1047-482X
Volume: 31
Issue: 4
Pages: 663 - 669
DOI: 10.1002/oa.2976
OADOI: https://oadoi.org/10.1002/oa.2976
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 1181 Ecology, evolutionary biology
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Funding: National Science Centre, Poland. Grant Number: 2016/22/E/HS3/00486.
Copyright information: © 2021 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Wertz, K, Tornberg, R, Huhtala, K, Diakowski, M, Kotowski, J, Kot, M. Where the snags are: Looking into bird bones. Int J Osteoarchaeol. 2021; 31: 663– 669, which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1002/oa.2976. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.