Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Cut Mark

Scar made on prehistoric material, usually bone, that can be observed by using a scanning electron microscope. Marks in bone made by stone tools tend to be narrow and more V-shaped than marks made by carnivore teeth; stone tool marks also tend to produce multiple striations within a main groove, and to occur in parallel groups at points on a bone where defleshing behavior would have been concentrated.

See bone fracture pattern.

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