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Atlas of Taphonomic Identifications

1001+ Images of Fossil and Recent Mammal Bone Modification

  • Yolanda Fernandez-Jalvo
  • Peter Andrews

Part of the Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology book series (VERT)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Yolanda Fernández-Jalvo, Peter Andrews
    Pages 1-5
  3. Yolanda Fernández-Jalvo, Peter Andrews
    Pages 7-22
  4. Surface Modifications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 23-23
    2. Yolanda Fernández-Jalvo, Peter Andrews
      Pages 25-100
    3. Yolanda Fernández-Jalvo, Peter Andrews
      Pages 101-153
    4. Yolanda Fernández-Jalvo, Peter Andrews
      Pages 155-166
  5. Modifications Affecting Shape

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 167-167
    2. Yolanda Fernández-Jalvo, Peter Andrews
      Pages 169-198
  6. Modifications Penetrating Bone Tissue

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 199-199
    2. Yolanda Fernández-Jalvo, Peter Andrews
      Pages 201-234
    3. Yolanda Fernández-Jalvo, Peter Andrews
      Pages 235-280
  7. Modification by Loss of Bone Tissue or Skeletal Elements

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 281-281
    2. Yolanda Fernández-Jalvo, Peter Andrews
      Pages 283-309
    3. Yolanda Fernández-Jalvo, Peter Andrews
      Pages 311-324
  8. Conclusions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 325-325
    2. Yolanda Fernández-Jalvo, Peter Andrews
      Pages 327-332
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 333-359

About this book

Introduction

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. T
his provides a more dynamic and realistic view of the past.

Keywords

Taphonomic modifications Fossil vertebrates Pits and perforations Modifying agents Bone tissue loss Paleontology

Authors and affiliations

  • Yolanda Fernandez-Jalvo
    • 1
  • Peter Andrews
    • 2
  1. 1.Dept of PaleobiologyMuseo Nacional de Ciencias NaturalesMadridSpain
  2. 2.Dept. PaleontologyNatural History MuseumLondonUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-017-7432-1
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science
  • Print ISBN 978-94-017-7430-7
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-7432-1
  • Series Print ISSN 1877-9077
  • Series Online ISSN 1877-9085
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