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Taphonomy: A Process Approach
     

Taphonomy: A Process Approach

by Ronald E. Martin, D. E. G. Briggs, P. Dodson, B. J. MacFadden, J. J. Sepkoski
 

ISBN-10: 0521591716

ISBN-13: 9780521591713

Pub. Date: 10/28/1999

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book offers a comprehensive review of 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 affects deciphering the ecology and extinction of past lifeforms and the environments in which they lived. Coverage emphasizes a process approach

Overview

This book offers a comprehensive review of 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 affects deciphering the ecology and extinction of past lifeforms and the environments in which they lived. Coverage emphasizes a process approach to the subject and reviews the taphonomic behavior of all important taxa, both plant and animal. The book will be of main interest to advanced students and professionals working in paleontology, stratigraphy, sedimentology, climate modeling and biogeochemistry. It will also appeal to anyone interested in the preservation of fossils and the formation of fossil assemblages.

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

Preface; 1. Introduction: the science of taphonomy; 2. Biostratinomy I: necrolysis, transport and abrasion; 3. Biostratinomy II: dissolution and diagenesis; 4. Bioturbation; 5. Time-averaging of fossil assemblages: taphonomy and temporal resolution; 6. Exceptional preservation; 7. Sedimentation and stratigraphy; 8. Megabiases I: cycles of preservation and biomineralization; 9. Megabiases II: secular trends in preservation; 10. Applied taphonomy; 11. Taphonomy as an historical science; References.

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