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Minimum Numbers and Sample Size in Vertebrate Faunal Analysis
Donald K. Grayson
Vol. 43, No. 1 (Jan., 1978), pp. 53-65
Published by: Society for American Archaeology
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/279631
Page Count: 13
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Of the measures currently available for quantifying the abundance of taxa within archaeological and paleontological vertebrate faunas, the minimum number of individuals per taxon is most frequently employed. This paper explores the relationship between the minimum number of individuals (MNI) calculated for a given taxon and the number of specimens (E) from which these values were calculated. Several approaches for controlling for the complex interrelationships between MNI and E are advanced and discussed.
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