Pre-Landnam Plantago lanceolata in North-West Iceland

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Published Jan 1, 1991
J.D. Hansom D.J. Briggs

Abstract

Recent finds of pre-Landnam Plantago lanceolata in sediment cores from North-west Iceland show that the plant was present well before the arrival of early settlers. This appears to be a fairly common trend in the western and northern islands of Europe
since pre-settlement P. lanceolata is also known from Britain and Faroe as well as elsewhere in Iceland. It follows that, without
substantial supporting evidence, great caution must be exercised in the use of this species as an indicator of human settlement.

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Natural Sciences