Fossils in the Making: Vertebrate Taphonomy and Paleoecology

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Anna K. Behrensmeyer, Andrew P. Hill
University of Chicago Press, Feb 15, 1988 - Nature - 338 pages
One of the first interdisciplinary discussions of taphonomy (the study of how fossil assemblages are formed) and paleoecology (the reconstruction of ancient ecosystems), this volume helped establish these relatively new disciplines. It was originally published as part of the influential Prehistoric Archeology and Ecology series.

"Taphonomy is plainly here to stay, and this book makes a first class introduction to its range and appeal."—Anthony Smith, Interdisciplinary Science Reviews
 

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Contents

Introduction
3
Taphonomy Its History and Role in Community Evolution
7
Paleogeomorphology and Continental Taphonomy
22
Linking the Ecology of Past and Present Mammal Communities
43
The Role of Modern Ecological Studies in the Reconstruction of Paleoenvironments in SubSaharan Africa
57
The Recent Bones of Amboseli National Park Kenya in Relation to East African Paleoecology
74
Ethnoarcheological Contributions to the Taphonoy of Human Sites
95
Some Criteria for the Recognition og BoneCollecting Agencies in African Caves
109
Trace Elements in Bones as Paleobiological Indicators
199
Organic Geochemistry of Bone and Its Relation to the Survival of Bone in the Natural Environment
210
The Interpretation of Mammalian Faunas from StoneAge Archeological Sites with Special Reference to Sites in the Southern Cape Province South Af...
225
The Significance of Bovid Remains as Indicators of Environment and Predation Patterns
249
Community Evolution in East Africa during the late Cenozoic
274
Conclusion
301
References
308
List of Contributors
333

Early Postmodern Damage to the Remains of Some Contemporary East African Mammals
133
Fluvial Taphonomic Processes Models and Experiments
158
Functional Anatomy and Taphonomy
184

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About the author (1988)

Anna K. Behrensmeyer is curator of vertebrate paleontology in the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History's Department of Paleobiology and codirector of the Evolution of Terrestrial Ecosystems Program.

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