Mathematical Geology

, Volume 28, Issue 6, pp 783–789 | Cite as

Estimating the size of the source population from a matched sample of parts

  • Andrew R. Solow


This paper discusses the problem of estimating the size of a source population from a sample of matched, disaritculated body parts. Maximum likelihood estimation and the construction of a confidence interval are described. This problem is connected to the ecological problem of estimating the number of spectes in a sampled community.

Key words

disarticulation maximum likelihood estimation taphonomy 


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© International Association for Mathematical Geology 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrew R. Solow
    • 1
  1. 1.Woods Hole Oceanographic InstitutionWoods Hole

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