For the analysis of bone samples, collagen is extracted.Always send clean and dry bone samples as damp samples may contain mould which can cause deterioration of the collagen.The pricing schedule (Canadian Non-profit or Commercial) is assigned based on the billing address listed on the cover sheet of the submission form and the pricing posted on our website at the time of submission.
Our chemical pretreatment methods will remove post-depositional carbonates as well as humic acids.
Please indicate on the submision form if you would like stable isotope measurements.
For teeth the dentine is most reliable for dating as the enamel exchanges carbon with the environment.
Please consult with us prior to sending wood samples that have been treated with shellac, oil, glue, etc.
In many lacustrine environments, macrofossils are the preferred organic fraction used for dating.