Taphonomy is the study of the post-mortem history of organic remains. Taphonomic processes can be constructive (as in those processes that lead to fossilization), or more commonly destructive. Understanding taphonomy is essential to the proper interpretation of fossil deposits.
The aim of the Journal of Taphonomy is to facilitate the academic spread of information that is basic to the interpretation of past systems of biotic interaction. Provides submission and subscription information.
Includes a section of conditions required for plant fossil preservation, the various levels of preservation, and types of fossils.
Information from Wikipedia on the study of decaying organisms over long periods of time. This process involves the transition of organisms from the biosphere to the lithosphere as they become fossilized.
A brief introduction from Deciphering Earth History: A Laboratory Manual.
Comprehensive tutorial on taphonomy and preservation from the State University of New York at Cortland.
University of Aberdeen presentation of the preservation of biota in Rhynie chert.
Abstracts of taphonomy papers presented at the 2002 meeting of the Geological Society of America.
Provides an explanation of what preservation means in relation to paleontology and the deductions that can be made from examining fossils.
Program of the 2002 International Conference on Taphonomy and Fossilization.
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