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Taphonomy : Process and Bias Through Time - Peter A. Allison


Process and Bias Through Time

By: Peter A. Allison (Editor), David J. Bottjer (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 4th November 2010
ISBN: 9789048186426
Number Of Pages: 600

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Taphonomic bias is a pervasive feature of the fossil record. A pressing concern, however, is the extent to which taphonomic processes have varied through the ages. It is one thing to work with a biased data set and quite another to work with a bias that has changed with time. This book includes work from both new and established researchers who are using laboratory, field and data-base techniques to characterise and quantify the temporal and spatial variation in taphonomic bias. It may not provide all the answers but it will at least shed light on the right questions.

From the reviews of the second edition:

"Taphonomy remains an essential component in resolving biases inherent in the fossil record ... . Allison (Imperial College London, UK) and Bottjer (Univ. of Southern California) assembled an impressive cast of leading authorities for the completely rewritten second edition of Taphonomy ... . The text is well written and consistent across chapter authors, and ample illustrations and an extensive index ... . Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through professionals/practitioners." (C. A. McRoberts, Choice, Vol. 48 (10), June, 2011)

Taphonomy: Bias and Process Through Timep. 1
Taphonomic Overprints on Phanerozoic Trends in Biodiversity: Lithification and Other Secular Megabiasesp. 19
Taphonomic Bias in Shelly Faunas Through Time: Early Aragonitic Dissolution and Its Implications for the Fossil Recordp. 79
Comparative Taphonomy and Sedimentology of Small-Scale Mixed Carbonate/Siliciclastic Cycles: Synopsis of Phanerozoic Examplesp. 107
Taphonomy of Animal Organic Skeletons Through Timep. 199
Molecular Taphonomy of Plant Organic Skeletonsp. 223
The Relationship Between Continental Landscape Evolution and the Plant-Fossil Record: Long Term Hydrologic Controls on Preservationp. 249
Hierarchical Control of Terrestrial Vertebrate Taphonomy over Space and Time: Discussion of Mechanisms and Implications for Vertebrate Paleobiologyp. 287
Microtaphofacies: Exploring the Potential for Taphonomic Analysis in Carbonatesp. 337
Taphonomy of Reefs Through Timep. 375
Silicification Through Timep. 411
Phosphatization Through the Phanerozoicp. 435
Three-Dimensional Morphological (CLSM) and Chemical (Raman) Imagery of Cellularly Mineralized Fossilsp. 457
Taphonomy in Temporally Unique Settings: An Environmental Traverse in Search of the Earliest Life on Earthp. 487
Evolutionary Trends in Remarkable Fossil Preservation Across the Ediacaran-Cambrian Transition and the Impact of Metazoan Mixingp. 519
Mass Extinctions and Changing Taphonomic Processes: Fidelity of the Guadalupian, Lopingian, and Early Triassic Fossil Recordsp. 569
Indexp. 591
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ISBN: 9789048186426
ISBN-10: 9048186420
Series: Aims & Scopes Topics in Geobiology Book Series
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 600
Published: 4th November 2010
Publisher: Springer
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 3.81
Weight (kg): 1.0
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised