Fossil or non-fossil? A best-practice guide for archaeobotanical taxa

Diego Rivera, P. Pablo Ferrer-Gallego, Concepción Obón, Francisco Alcaraz, Javier Valera, Nikolay P. Goncharov, Emilio Laguna, Mordechai Kislev

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Can archaeobotanical material be treated as a nomenclatural type of a fossil taxon? Here we show that archaeobotanical taxa should be named according to the rules for non-fossil taxa. Examples of archaeobotanical taxa are summarized and discussed. A best-practice guide for the correct treatment of archaeological plant remains as the type of a new name is presented.

Original languageEnglish
StateAccepted/In press - 2023

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© 2023 The Authors. TAXON published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd on behalf of International Association for Plant Taxonomy.


  • archaeobotany
  • fossil
  • herbarium
  • museum
  • nomenclature
  • non-fossil
  • palaeoethnobotany
  • typus


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