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Describing Archaeological Iguana Laurenti, 1768 (Squamata: Iguanidae) Populations: Size and Skeletal Maturity

by Myriam Méziou - published on

Par Corentin Bochaton
The goal of this study was to provide tools to estimate size and maturity of the archaeological Iguana specimens on thebasisof theirskeletal remains.To achieve this, areference of 40Iguana osteological specimens from different collections was used to derive size prediction equations relying on bone measurements. The sequence of fusions of skeletal elements was also observed and found to be strictly identical in all observed specimens. These observations enable the size and skeletal maturity of an archaeological specimen to be determined on the basis of an isolated bone. Such data could be valuable in zooarchaeological studies, as is demonstrated using the case of a pre-Columbian archaeological site in the Lesser Antilles. Copyright © 2015 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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