Stable isotope (12C, 15N and 34S) analysis of the hair of modern humans and their domestic animals

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Bol, R. and Pflieger, C. 2002. Stable isotope (12C, 15N and 34S) analysis of the hair of modern humans and their domestic animals. Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry. 16 (23), pp. 2195-2200.

AuthorsBol, R. and Pflieger, C.

Relationships between dietary status and recent migration were examined by delta(13)C, delta(15)N and delta(34)S analysis of hair samples from 43 modern humans living in a rural community in SW England. The isotopic content of 38 'local' hair samples was compared with that of five recently arrived individuals (from Canada, Chile, Germany and the USA). Hair samples from domestic animals (i.e. mainly cats, dogs, cows and horses) were analysed to examine the difference in delta(13)C, delta(15)N and delta(34)S values between herbivores and carnivores. Generally, modern human hair data from the triple stable isotope (delta(13)C, delta(15) N and delta(34)S) provided enough information to confirm the dietary status and origin of the individual subjects. The dietary intake was generally reflected in the animal hair delta(15)N and delta(13)C values, i.e. highest in the carnivores (cats). However, a non-local origin of food sources given to domesticated omnivores (i.e. dogs) was suggested by their hair delta(34)S values. Copyright (C) 2002 John Wiley Sons, Ltd.

KeywordsChemistry, Analytical; Spectroscopy
Year of Publication2002
JournalRapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry
Journal citation16 (23), pp. 2195-2200
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
PubMed ID12442295
Open accessPublished as non-open access
Funder project or codeSoil Science and Environmental Quality (SSEQ)
Project: 1460 3110

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