Elucidation of Size Patterning in Phytolith Assemblages by Field-Flow Fractionation
Shape frequency distributions of phytolith assemblages have provided information for paleoecological reconstruction. Currently, there are no accepted methods for investigating corresponding patterning in phytolith sizes. Outlined here is a high-resolution analytical technique for characterizing size distributions, using flow-programmed field-flow fractionation. Results indicate discrete size distributions in different ecological contexts.
Hansen, Beau T.; Plew, Mark G.; and Schimpf, Martin. (1998). "Elucidation of Size Patterning in Phytolith Assemblages by Field-Flow Fractionation". Journal of Archaeological Science, 25(4), 349-357. http://dx.doi.org/10.1006/jasc.1997.0244