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New method for identifying bones

October 18th, 2022

Recent research on bird bone shape and taxonomic ID has provided a new method for identifying isolated long bones using shape combined with landmark- and pseudolandmark-(landmark free) based classification analysis. The 3D shape-based classification method was applied to a case study of seabird bones belonging to penguins and tubenosed birds, where order- and family-level predictions of taxonomic identities were achieved with 100% accuracy. This work has now been published in Journal of Archaeological Science and a summary article is available here.

This MSc research by Emma Holvast was supported by a David Medway Scholarship grant.