Definition of taphonomy in English:

taphonomy

Line breaks: taph|onomy
Pronunciation: /taˈfɒnəmi
 
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noun

[mass noun]
  • The branch of palaeontology that deals with the processes of fossilization.
    More example sentences
    • The sedimentology, taphonomy and palaeoecology of the Dinosaur Park Formation have been studied in detail.
    • I've already praised the dinosaur distribution chapter for its utility, but I was puzzled to see the biogeography chapter separate from it, with intervening chapters on taphonomy and paleoecology.
    • The taphonomy and paleoecology of this giant foraminiferan are briefly evaluated based on comparison with modern examples of Bathysiphon and with other Cretaceous examples from the same region.

Derivatives

taphonomic

Pronunciation: /-fəˈnɒmɪk/
adjective
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  • Thus, any taphonomic bias that affects graptolite preservation in the lower Hirnantian applies to all study areas being considered here.
  • To accomplish these, however, a more thorough paleontological investigation of each taphonomic facies is necessary.
  • All told, Europe boasts a richer Paleogene avifauna in terms of number and taphonomic variety of fossil localities and diversity of avian taxa compared with other continents.

taphonomist

noun
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  • By helping to solve puzzles like this, taphonomists increase our understanding of the fossil record.
  • The probability of fossilization is investigated by taphonomists and geologists, who have concluded that it usually is very low.
  • Intensive interdisciplinary research by archaeologists, anthropologists, geologists, taphonomists, animal behaviourists and psychologists has proved Darwin right on both scores.

Origin

1940s: from Greek taphos 'grave' + -nomy.

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