For sub-fossil records from archaeological
assemblages and for diet analysis
of carnivore vertebrates it is necessary to identify the fish
species by single bones of the cranial and the axial skeleton.
There are a lot of bone studies for particular fish species
or sometimes osteological comparisons within a set of species
of a single family. But apart from otoliths and maybe the
pharyngeal teeth of the Cyprinidae only very few
identification keys exist managing partly the identification
of cranial fish bones for several species and families (e.
g. Libois & Hallet-Libois 1987 and 1988). With the software
"Bone Base Baltic Sea" this lack
of applicable keys for the Baltic Sea will be overcome with
the purpose to help producing better results in diet analysis
and zooarchaeological studies.
Aims of the software
- Providing a bone database with pictures from the particular
bones of each species.
- Providing several ways for the identification (including
a classical dichotomous key) of the single bones of the
most abundant/important fish species in the middle-western
part of the Baltic Sea.