Atlas of Taphonomic Identifications: 1001+ Images of Fossil and Recent Mammal Bone Modification

Atlas of Taphonomic Identifications: 1001+ Images of Fossil and Recent Mammal Bone Modification

Springer | Paleontology | September 2016 | ISBN-10: 9401774307 | 359 Pages | pdf | 593.05 mb


Authors: Fernandez Jalvo, Yolanda, Andrews, Peter
Comprehensive atlas with 1001 illustrations depicting taphonomic modifications
Casts new light on the type of modifications rather than the more traditional agent of modification
Will appeal to archaeologists, anthropologists and palaeontologists working in the field and in the laboratory who need to identify the processes affecting fossil bone, as well as pathologists and forensic anthropologists


The aim of the atlas is to provide images of taphonomic modifications, making it as comprehensive as possible with evidence presently available. This volume is intended both as a field guide for identifying taphonomic modifications in the field, and for use in the laboratory when collections of fossils are being analyzed. Images in the book are a combination of scanning electron micrographs, regular photographs, cross-sections of bones and line drawings and graphs. By providing good quality illustrations of taphonomic modifications, with links between similar types of modification, the atlas provides a reference source for identifying the agents responsible for the modifications, the processes by which they were formed, and the potential bias introduced by the processes.

The authors also aim to emphasize on the directions they consider taphonomic studies should be headed. Firstly, we should seek to quantify the degree of bias introduced into a fossil fauna and to take account of this bias before interpreting the palaeoecology of the fossil site. Secondly, we should recognize that taphonomic modifications increase the information encoded in fossils by identifying perimortem and postmortem contexts. This provides a more dynamic and realistic view of the past.

Number of Illustrations and Tables
820 b/w illustrations, 311 illustrations in colour
Topics
Paleontology
Archaeology
Anthropology

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