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Taphonomy

Process and Bias Through Time

Series: Topics in Geobiology, Vol. 32

Allison, Peter A., Bottjer, David J. (Eds.)

2nd ed. 2011, XII, 600 p.

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  • Updated second edition of a unique volume, covering the extent and style of fossil preservation, previously published in 1991
  • Focuses on the extent to which taphonomic bias has changed through time in different environments.
  • Includes recent experimental and field studies.
  • Will help write the agenda for taphonomic research for the next decade

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.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Fossil Preservation - Geology - Paleontology - Stratigraphy - Taphonomy

Related subjects » Earth System Sciences - Ecology - Geochemistry - Geology

Table of contents 

1. Taphonomy: bias and process through time

Peter A. Allison & David J. Bottjer

2. Taphonomic overprints on biodiversity: a database approach to the quantification of Phanerozoic trends

Austin Hendy & Carl Brett

3. Taphonomy of shelly taxa through time: were aragonitic infauna selectively dissolved?

V.Paul Wright & Lesley Cherns

4. Taphonomy of shelly taxa through time: shell durability in mixed carbonate/clastic sequences

Carl E. Brett, Austin Hendy, Peter A. Allison

5. Taphonomy of animal organic skeletons though time

Neal Gupta & D.E.G.Briggs

6. Molecular taphonomy of plant organic skeletons

Margaret E. Collinson

7. The relationship between continental landscape evolution and the plant-fossil record: Long term hydrologic controls on preservation

Robert A. Gastaldo & Timothy M. Demko

8. Hierarchical control of terrestrial vertebrate taphonomy over space and time: Discussion of mechanisms and implications for vertebrate paleobiology

Christopher Noto

9. Taphonomy of carbonate microfacies through time

James Nebelsick, Michael Rasser, & Davide Bassi

10. Taphonomy of reefs through time

Rachel Wood

11. Silicification through time

Susan Butts and D.E.G. Briggs

12. Phosphatization through the Phanerozoic

Steve Dornbos

13. Three-dimensional morphological (CLSM) and chemical (Raman) imagery of cellularly mineralized fossils

J. William Schopf, Abhishek B. Tripathi, & Anatoliy B. Kudryavtsev

14. Taphonomy in temporally unique settings: Precambrian Lagerst├Ątte - out of this world?

Nicola McLoughlin, David Wacey, & Martin Brasier

15. Taphonomy in temporally unique settings: the Ediacaran interval

Jonathan Antcliffe, Richard Callow, & Martin Brasier

16. Mass extinctions and changing taphonomic processes

Margaret L. Fraiser, Matthew Clapham, & David J, Bottjer

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