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Pollen in Recent Procavia (Hyrax), Petromus (Dassie Rat) and Bird Dung in South Africa
L. Scott and B. Cooremans
Journal of Biogeography
Vol. 19, No. 2 (Mar., 1992), pp. 205-215
Published by: Wiley
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2845506
Page Count: 11
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Pollen spectra in twenty hyrax (Procavia) dung samples, four dassie rat (Petromus) midden samples, and one bird guano sample from various parts of South Africa were investigated. Multivariate analysis of pollen data shows correspondence between conventional surface soil and dust samples with Procavia and Petromus dung samples. The dung pollen spectra are therefore probably not strongly influenced by dietary preferences of the two kinds of herbivorous animals, confirming that pollen in dung middens have potential in reflecting different local vegetation types in palaeoenvironmental reconstructions.
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