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Taphonomy: A Process Approach

Series: Cambridge Paleobiology Series Volume: 4

By: Ronald E Martin

508 pages, 94 figs, 33 tabs

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Nov 1999 | #100768 | ISBN: 0521598338
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Describes the formation of animal and plant fossils in marine and terrestrial settings and how this affects deciphering the ecology and extinction of past lifeforms and the environments in which they lived.

'Martin covers an impressive breadth of subjects ! Subjects are presented in useful quantative detail.' Trends in Ecology and Evolution 'Taphonomy: A Process Approach is a good measure of how far taphonomy and paleontology have come in the past decades ! This synthesis is enormously valuable ! makes excellent use of the research literature. Karl W. Flessa, Science


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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