Author Archives: michaelasecker

Sowing the seeds of future research: Data sharing, citation and reuse in archaeobotany

Lay summary authored by Lisa Lodwick. The full article can be read in Open Quaternary: http://doi.org/10.5334/oq.62 Archaeobotanists spend countless hours at the microscope, sorting and identifying ancient plant remains. Counting seeds is a key step in the research process, enabling … Continue reading

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Cool Hyenas

Lay summary authored by Jack Tseng. The full paper can be read in Open Quaternary: http://doi.org/10.5334/oq.64 Beringia, the geographic region including parts of eastern Russia, Alaska, and western Yukon Territory, is scientifically important for understanding animal and human movements in … Continue reading

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Birds in Medieval Norway

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Lay summary authored by Samuel Walker. The full paper can be read in Open Quaternary: http://doi.org/10.5334/oq.58 Norway is home to over 500 bird species, with around 259 of these breeding in Norway. Recent ornithological work has shown that 22% of … Continue reading

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Where There’s Fire, There’s Smoke: The Significance of Air Circulation and Hearth Location at Paleolithic Cave Sites

Lay summary authored by Yafit Kedar. The full paper can be read in Open Quaternary: http://doi.org/10.5334/oq.52 Hearths are pivotal element in understanding the organization of space of human behavior in Paleolithic caves and rockshelter sites. While fire provided cooking facilities, … Continue reading

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Data compilation describes the demise of a North American ice sheet

Lay summary authored by Joel Gombiner. The full paper can be read in Open Quaternary: http://doi.org/10.5334/oq.55 The last global climate transition occurred between 20,000 and 10,000 years ago, as the earth warmed from the last ice age into the milder Holocene epoch. … Continue reading

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Teeth ‘heal’ at different rates among primate species

Lay summary authored by Ian Towle. The paper can be read in Open Quaternary: http://doi.org/10.5334/oq.48 It is well known that the outer layer of a tooth, enamel, can’t repair after it has been removed through injury, wear or a cavity. However, … Continue reading

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Reading the (Mormon) tea leaves at the bottom of packrat nests tells the story of Late Quaternary climate change in Western North America

Lay summary authored by Robert Harbert. Their full paper can be read in Open Quaternary: http://doi.org/10.5334/oq.46 During a 1980 episode of Cosmos Carl Sagan said “You have to know the past to understand the present.”2 For those of us who study geographic … Continue reading

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