Bonebeds: Genesis, Analysis, and Paleobiological Significance

Bonebeds: Genesis, Analysis, and Paleobiological Significance

by Raymond R. Rogers
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226723704

ISBN-13: 9780226723709

Pub. Date: 11/01/2007

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

The vertebrate fossil record extends back more than 500 million years, and bonebeds-localized concentrations of the skeletal remains of vertebrate animals-help unlock the secrets of this long history. Often spectacularly preserved, bonebeds-both modern and ancient-can reveal more about life histories, ecological as sociations, and preservation patterns than any single…  See more details below

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The vertebrate fossil record extends back more than 500 million years, and bonebeds-localized concentrations of the skeletal remains of vertebrate animals-help unlock the secrets of this long history. Often spectacularly preserved, bonebeds-both modern and ancient-can reveal more about life histories, ecological as sociations, and preservation patterns than any single skeleton or bone. For this reason, bonebeds are frequently studied by paleobiologists, geologists, and archeologists seeking to piece together the vertebrate record.

Thirteen respected researchers combine their experiences in Bonebeds providing readers with workable defmitions, theoretical frameworks, and a compendium of modern techniques in bonebed data collection and analysis. By addressing the historical, theoretical, and practical aspects of bonebed research, this edited volume-the first of its kind-provides the background and methods that students and professionals need to explore and understand these fantastic records of ancient life and death.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226723709
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
11/01/2007
Pages:
512
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Preface     vii
Acknowledgments     xi
A Conceptual Framework for the Genesis and Analysis of Vertebrate Skeletal Concentrations   Raymond R. Rogers   Susan M. Kidwell     1
Bonebeds through Time   Anna K. Behrensmeyer     65
A Bonebeds Database: Classification, Biases, and Patterns of Occurrence   David A. Eberth   Matthew Shannon   Brent G. Noland     103
From Bonebeds to Paleobiology: Applications of Bonebed Data   Donald B. Brinkman   David A. Eberth   Philip J. Currie     221
A Practical Approach to the Study of Bonebeds   David A. Eberth   Raymond R. Rogers   Anthony R. Fiorillo     265
Numerical Methods for Bonebed Analysis   Richard W. Blob   Catherine Badgley     333
Trace Element Geochemistry of Bonebeds   Clive Trueman     397
Stable Isotope Geochemistry of Bonebed Fossils: Reconstructing Paleoenvironments, Paleoecology, and Paleobiology   Henry Fricke     437
Contributors     491
Index     495

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