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Els Thieren and Wim Van Neer (2014)

New equations for the size reconstruction of sturgeon from isolated cranial and pectoral girdle bones

International Journal of Osteoarchaeology, first published on August 12, 2014 as doi: 10.1002/oa.2407.

Measurements on cranial and pectoral girdle bones of 56 museum specimens of modern sturgeon (Acipenser sturio and A. oxyrinchus) were used for the establishment of regression equations allowing back-calculation of size from isolated sturgeon remains. Different curve fittings (power, linear, logarithmic and exponential fit) were modeled to retain the most accurate regression. These were then applied to archaeological sturgeon remains (A. sturio/A. oxyrinchus) from Vlaardingen, a Dutch late Neolithic settlement. The back-calculated lengths ob- tained on the archaeological remains all stayed within the known size ranges of the two species and allowed making inferences on the possible place of capture of the fish. Copyright © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Key words: Acipenser oxyrinchus; Acipenser sturio; archaeozoology; body length estimations; osteometry; Sturgeon
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