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Wild or Domestic? Biometric Variation in the Cat Felis silvestris Schreber

O'Connor, T.P. (2007) Wild or Domestic? Biometric Variation in the Cat Felis silvestris Schreber. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology. pp. 581-595. ISSN 1047-482X

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Abstract

Investigation of modern biometric data indicates that it may be possible to distinguish wildcats from house cats in many instances. Applying the log-ratio (log-difference) technique to archaeological samples from medieval northern Europe, and to mixed samples of wildcats and house cats, shows that the differentiation may not always be clear, and the possibility that some samples include hybrids is discussed. The technique is applied to samples from the Orkney Islands to demonstrate that single wildcat specimens can be identified in small samples. Copyright (C) 2007 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 2007 John Wiley and Sons. This is a preprint of an article published in International Journal of Osteoarchaeology. Uploaded in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.
Keywords: wildcat, domestic cat, Felis silvestris, size-index scaling, medieval Europe, CONSERVATION, LYBICA
Academic Units: The University of York > Archaeology (York)
Depositing User: Repository Officer
Date Deposited: 28 Mar 2008 18:39
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2013 14:17
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/oa.913
Status: Published
Refereed: Yes
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URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/3700

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