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Taphonomy : A Process Approach - Ronald E. Martin


A Process Approach

Hardcover Published: 28th October 1999
ISBN: 9780521591713
Number Of Pages: 524

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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.

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'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

Introduction: the science of taphonomy
Biostratinomy I: necrolysis, transport and abrasion
Biostratinomy II: dissolution and diagenesis
Time-averaging of fossil assemblages: taphonomy and temporal resolution
Exceptional preservation
Sedimentation and stratigraphy
Megabiases I: cycles of preservation and biomineralization
Megabiases II: secular trends in preservation
Applied taphonomy
Taphonomy as an historical science
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ISBN: 9780521591713
ISBN-10: 0521591716
Series: Cambridge Paleobiology Series
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 524
Published: 28th October 1999
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.7 x 17.4  x 2.9
Weight (kg): 1.23