Taphonomy: A Process Approach

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Taphonomy: A Process Approach is the first book to review the entire field of taphonomy, the science of fossil preservation. It describes the formation of plant and animal fossils in oceanic, terrestrial and river settings and how this effects deciphering the ecology and extinction of past lifeforms and the environments in which they lived.. "This book will be useful to anyone interested in the preservation of fossils and the formation of fossil assemblages; it is aimed primarily at advanced students and professionals working in paleontology, stratigraphy, sedimentology, climate modeling and biogeochemistry.
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"Taphonomy: A Process Approach is a good measure of how far taphonomy and paleontology have come in the past decades. From case studies to grand syntheses, from documenting patterns to understanding processes, and from bemoaning the quality of fossil record to putting meaningful confidence limits on fossil data...Taphonomy: A Process Approach is the first review of this discipline that pulls together case studies from marine microfossils, marine invertebrates, vertebrates, plants, and pollen." Science

"An outstanding compendium and organized summary of an inordinate number of references...I strongly recommend this book to all advanced students of paleontology, stratigraphy, sedimentology, and Earth history, in general. It is reasonably priced, rather well illustrated, and summarizes just about all the major ideas of taphonomy...the author and the editors are to be commended on a rather finely crafted text with few errors. This is a first attempt to pull together such a wide array of disparate information, and Ron Martin is to be congratulated on having achieved such a formidable goal in a timely fashion." Journal of Geoscience Education

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521591713
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/1999
  • Series: Cambridge Paleobiology Series , #4
  • Pages: 524
  • Product dimensions: 6.85 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 1.14 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction: the science of taphonomy 1
2 Biostratinomy I: necrolysis, transport, and abrasion 27
3 Biostratinomy II: dissolution and early diagenesis 110
5 Time-averaging of fossil assemblages: taphonomy and temporal resolution 186
6 Exceptional preservation 235
7 Sedimentation and stratigraphy 268
8 Megabiases I: cycles of preservation and biomineralization 309
9 Megabiases II: secular trends in preservation 330
10 Applied taphonomy 369
11 Taphonomy as a historical science 387
References 396
Index 479
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