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Vertebrate burrows in late Pleistocene paleosols at Korean Palaeolithic sites and their significance as a stratigraphic marker

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Title
Vertebrate burrows in late Pleistocene paleosols at Korean Palaeolithic sites and their significance as a stratigraphic marker
Other Titles
한국의 플라이스토세 후기 고토양층에서 산출되는 척추동물 서관구조의 층서적 중요성
Authors
Lim, Hyoun Soo
Yi, Seonbok
Kim, Cheong-Bin
Choi, Jeong Heon
Lee, Heon Jong
Chung, Chull Hwan
Lee, Yong Il
Subject
Physical Geography; Geology
Keywords
OSL; late Pleistocene; stratigraphic time-marker; tephra; vertebrate burrow
Issue Date
2007
Publisher
Elsevier
Citation
Lim, Hyoun Soo, et al. 2007. "Vertebrate burrows in late Pleistocene paleosols at Korean Palaeolithic sites and their significance as a stratigraphic marker". QUATERNARY RESEARCH, 68: 213-219.
Abstract
A vertebrate burrow-bearing layer of late Pleistocene age is commonly found at many Paleolithic archaeological sites in Korea. The burrows are straight to slightly curved in horizontal (plan) view and gently inclined in lateral (sectional) view. They are interpreted as having been produced by rodent-like mammals based on their size and architecture. The significance of such burrow-bearing layers as a characteristic stratigraphic marker unit is demonstrated by high burrow abundance, consistent stratigraphic position, lack of stratigraphic recurrence at these sites, and their widespread geographic extent. Three dating methods, tephrochronology, radiocarbon, and OSL dating, were used to infer the age of these burrow-bearing layers. The dating results indicate that they were formed between ca. 40,000 and 25,000 yr (MIS 3-2), and this suggests that this layer can be used as a stratigraphic time-marker in late Pleistocene paleosol sequences for this region.
URI
http://repository.kopri.re.kr/handle/201206/6319
DOI
http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.yqres.2007.05.001
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