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Title: Ancient breeds of domestic fowl (Gallus gallus f. domestica) distinguished on the basis of traditional observations combined with mixture analysis
Authors: De Cupere, B ×
Van Neer, Willem
Monchot, H
Rijmenants, E
Udrescu, M
Waelkens, Marc #
Issue Date: Nov-2005
Publisher: Academic Press
Series Title: Journal of Archaeological Science vol:32 issue:11 pages:1587-1597
Abstract: Using a large assemblage of domestic fowl bones from a classical site, a methodology is presented that allows the recognition of breeds. The approach differs from previous research in which tarsometatarsi were used exclusively. In the present paper, frequency histograms of long bone lengths and mixture analysis were combined with observations on medullary bone development. By concentrating on the analysis of bones with medullary bone, only the securely sexed part of the population (the females) is considered, thereby avoiding problems related to the use of spur development in tarsometatarsi. Three breeds of different sizes could be recognized, of which the smallest shows a high incidence of spurred females. (c) 2005 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
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ISSN: 0305-4403
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Ecology, Evolution and Biodiversity Conservation Section
Archaeology, Leuven
× corresponding author
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