Major Contributions of Radiocarbon Dating to Palynology: Past and Future

  • Dorothy M. Peteet
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Before the advent of radiocarbon chronology, Quaternary palynologic records provided a biostratigraphic framework, which was used extensively as a chronostratigraphic guide, with implied synchrony of vegetational and climatic change from site to site. With the establishment of an absolute 14C time scale, pollen zones in various geographic areas proved to be sometimes correlative but often time-transgressive. Absolute chronologies revealed errors in interpretation and promoted exploration of new dynamic patterns and comparisons.


Accelerator Mass Spectrometry Pollen Zone Pollen Percentage Accelerator Mass Spectrometry Quaternary Research 
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