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.
- Paisley Caves
- Great Basin
Shillito, L-M., Blong, J. C., Jenkins, D. L., Stafford Jr, T. W., Whelton, H., McDonough, K., & Bull, I. (2018). New research at Paisley Caves: applying new integrated analytical approaches to understanding stratigraphy, taphonomy, and site formation processes. PaleoAmerica, 4(1), 82-86. https://doi.org/10.1080/20555563.2017.1396167