Bonebeds: Genesis, Analysis, and Paleobiological Significance

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Raymond R. Rogers, David A. Eberth, Anthony R. Fiorillo
University of Chicago Press, Feb 15, 2010 - Science - 512 pages
The vertebrate fossil record extends back more than 500 million years, and bonebeds—localized concentrations of the skeletal remains of vertebrate animals—help unlock the secrets of this long history. Often spectacularly preserved, bonebeds—both modern and ancient—can reveal more about life histories, ecological associations, and preservation patterns than any single skeleton or bone. For this reason, bonebeds are frequently studied by paleobiologists, geologists, and archeologists seeking to piece together the vertebrate record.

Thirteen respected researchers combine their experiences in Bonebeds, providing readers with workable definitions, theoretical frameworks, and a compendium of modern techniques in bonebed data collection and analysis. By addressing the historical, theoretical, and practical aspects of bonebed research, this edited volume—the first of its kind—provides the background and methods that students and professionals need to explore and understand these fantastic records of ancient life and death.
 

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Contents

1 A Conceptual Framework for the Genesis and Analysis of Vertebrate Skeletal Concentrations
1
2 Bonebeds through Time
65
Classification Biases and Patterns of Occurrence
103
Applications of Bonebed Data
221
5 A Practical Approach to the Study of Bonebeds
265
6 Numerical Methods for Bonebed Analysis
333
7 Trace Element Geochemistry of Bonebeds
397
Reconstructing Paleoenvironments Paleoecology and Paleobiology
437
Contributors
491
Index
495
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Raymond R. Rogers is a professor and chair of the geology department at Macalester College, St. Paul, Minnesota. David A. Eberth is a senior research scientist at the Royal Tyrrell Museum in Drumheller, Alberta, Canada. Tony R. Fiorillois a faculty member in the Department of Geological Sciences at Southern Methodist University and Curator of Paleontology at the Dallas Museum of Natural History, Dallas, Texas.

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