New research at Paisley Caves: applying new integrated analytical approaches to understanding stratigraphy, taphonomy, and site formation processes

Lisa-Marie Shillito, John C Blong, Dennis L Jenkins, Thomas W Stafford Jr, Helen Whelton, Katelyn McDonough, Ian Bull

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Paisley Caves in Oregon has become well known due to early dates, and human presence in the form of coprolites, found to contain ancient human DNA. Questions remain over whether the coprolites themselves are human, or whether the DNA is mobile in the sediments. This brief introduces new research applying an integrated analytical approach combining sediment micromorphology and lipid biomarker analysis, which aims to resolve these problems.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)82-86
Number of pages5
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 9 Jan 2018


  • Micromorphology
  • biomarkers
  • Paisley Caves
  • Great Basin

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