Category Archives: Peer reviewed literature

The tangled web of Silvaplana papers

I’ve not written much about the Lake Silvaplana papers although they are as questionable as the Seebergsee and Zabinskie papers. I have now digitised the 150-year stratigraphy, my request to the authors for the data having been ignored. Together with … Continue reading

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Extracting data from a PDF image

Some scientists archive their data. Some scientists email their data on request. Some editors cajole authors into releasing data to interested parties. And sometimes none of these approaches yields data. What then? One option is to request data via the … Continue reading

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More trouble counting to fifty

Earlier this week at the palaeolimnology symposium, Gavin told me that it had not dawned on him that the count sum could be estimated from percent data using our knowledge of rank abundance curves. I only recently realised this; previously … Continue reading

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Warm summers in the Younger Dryas?

The Younger Dryas was a period (12,900–11,600 BP) towards the end of the last glaciation when glaciers re-advanced in Scotland and the tundra plants, including the eponymous Dryas, replaced the Bølling-Allerød forests in Denmark. These changes indicate the Younger Dryas was … Continue reading

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Sub-decadal resolution reconstructions

I’m putting together my review of sub-decadal resolution reconstructions from microfossil assemblages and thought I ought to check if I have missed any. The criteria are: Palaeoenvironmental reconstruction from microfossil assemblages Sub-decadal resolution – at least one fossil sample per … Continue reading

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A paper with insufficient and misleading information

Sometimes papers reporting transfer functions don’t give enough information for the reader to properly evaluate the model. Take for example Massaferro and Larocque-Tobler (2013) who report a chironomid-based mean annual air temperature transfer function for Patagonia and its application to … Continue reading

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Chironomid assemblage change in Seebergsee

Palaeoecology could, to a large extent, be described as the study of changes in fossil assemblages: what we can learn from changes in foraminifera assemblages over the last interglacial cycle, from palynological assemblages as Neolithic agriculture spread across Europe, or … Continue reading

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