Topics in Geobiology

Taphonomy

Process and Bias Through Time

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

  • 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
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About this book

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.

About the authors

Peter Allison graduated from the University of Hull with a Geology B.Sc. in 1983. After a short spell as a journalist writing market surveys for Industrial Minerals Magazine he went back to university to do a Ph.D. at the University of Bristol, graduating in 1987. Following post-doctoral positions at the University of Washington’s Friday Harbor Laboratories and the Department of Geology at Kochi University, Japan, he took a faculty position at the Postgraduate Research Institute for Sedimentology at the University of Reading. From there he joined the Earth Science and Engineering Department at Imperial College in 1997.

David J. Bottjer was born in New York City and attended Haverford College outside of Philadelphia (where he majored in Geology at neighboring Bryn Mawr College), and received an M.A. from the State University of New York at Binghamton and his Ph.D. from Indiana University (1978). After leaving Indiana he spent a post-doctoral year with the United States Geological Survey at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. He began as Assistant Professor at the University of Southern California in 1979, where he is currently Professor of Earth and Biological Sciences and Chair of the Department of Earth Sciences. He has engaged in extensive professional service through his career, including a past editorship of Palaios, a present editorship of Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, and election to the presidency of the Paleontological Society for 2004-2006

Reviews

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)

Table of contents (16 chapters)

  • Taphonomy: Bias and Process Through Time

    Allison, Peter A. (et al.)

    Pages 1-17

  • Taphonomic Overprints on Phanerozoic Trends in Biodiversity: Lithification and Other Secular Megabiases

    Hendy, Austin J. W.

    Pages 19-77

  • Taphonomic Bias in Shelly Faunas Through Time: Early Aragonitic Dissolution and Its Implications for the Fossil Record

    Cherns, Lesley (et al.)

    Pages 79-105

  • Comparative Taphonomy and Sedimentology of Small-Scale Mixed Carbonate/Siliciclastic Cycles: Synopsis of Phanerozoic Examples

    Brett, Carlton E. (et al.)

    Pages 107-198

  • Taphonomy of Animal Organic Skeletons Through Time

    Gupta, Neal S. (et al.)

    Pages 199-221

Buy this book

eBook $159.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-90-481-8643-3
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $209.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-90-481-8642-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $209.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-94-007-3403-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Taphonomy
Book Subtitle
Process and Bias Through Time
Editors
  • Peter A. Allison
  • David J. Bottjer
Series Title
Topics in Geobiology
Series Volume
32
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-90-481-8643-3
DOI
10.1007/978-90-481-8643-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-90-481-8642-6
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-3403-6
Series ISSN
0275-0120
Edition Number
2
Number of Pages
XII, 600
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