A plant macrofossil identification tool for south-west Victoria

Lewis, Tara 2012, A plant macrofossil identification tool for south-west Victoria, The Artefact, vol. 35, pp. 88-98.

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Title A plant macrofossil identification tool for south-west Victoria
Author(s) Lewis, TaraORCID iD for Lewis, Tara orcid.org/0000-0003-2031-5133
Journal name The Artefact
Volume number 35
Start page 88
End page 98
Total pages 11
Publisher The Archaeological and Anthropological Society of Victoria
Place of publication Australia
Publication date 2012
ISSN 0044-9075
Summary The ‘Seeds of South-Western Victoria’ database is presented here. The database is a digital collection of seed information that can be searched based on a range of seed morphological characters. Additionally it provides colour photographs of seeds and ecological detail of the plant species. It aims to facilitate plant macrofossil studies in Australia by aiding the identification of unknown sub-fossil seed material. It contains descriptions of 156 commonly occurring species of the Victorian Volcanic Plain, but design allows for continual addition of species from this region and elsewhere. The application of the database system to plant macrofossil identification, from both surface and fossil samples allows, for the first time, comparability of fossil assemblages and modern vegetation at a resolution of relevance to ecologists and conservationists. The taxonomic refinement of the pollen data provided by the macrofossils adds to a better understanding of recent vegetation dynamics and management, demonstrating the applicability of the technique to palaeoenvironmental analyses. A current application is to better understand the past environments and activities of Indigenous people on the Mt Eccles lava flow and assist in landscape restoration for potential World Heritage listing.
Language eng
Field of Research 040606 Quaternary Environments
060206 Palaeoecology
080604 Database Management
Socio Economic Objective 970105 Expanding Knowledge in the Environmental Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2012, The Archaeological and Anthropological Society of Victoria
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