Archaeology and sclerochronology of marine bivalves

Paul G. Butler, Pedro Seabra Freitas, Meghan Burchell, Laurent Chauvaud

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In a rapidly changing world, maintenance of the good health of the marine environment requires a detailed understanding of its mechanisms of change, and the ability to detect early signals of a shift away from the equilibrium state that we assume characterized it before there was any significant human impact. Given that instrumental measurements of the oceans go back no further than a few decades, the only way in which we can assess the long-term baseline variability that characterizes the pre-perturbation equilibrium state of the marine environment is by the use of proxy records contained in stratified or layered natural archives such as corals, fish otoliths and bivalve mollusc shells.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGoods and Services of Marine Bivalves
EditorsAad C. Smaal, Joao G. Ferreira, Jon Grant, Jens K. Petersen, Øivind Strand
Number of pages32
Publication date2019
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-96775-2
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-96776-9
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • Ecosystems
  • Environmental monitoring
  • Mollusc
  • Archaeology
  • Marine climate


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