Preparation of Recent Material for Comparative Studies

  • Owen R. Green


Palaeobiological investigations utilizing comparative morphological and anatomical (form and structure) studies between recent and fossil organisms are increasing in importance. The techniques and procedures employed generate data more complex than that deduced from a comparison of fossil material with its living counterpart (Norris 1989). Observations, particularly those concerned with comparative ultrastructure, must be undertaken in conjunction with studies of soft tissue decay, compaction, transportation and authigenic mineralization of the organic skeleton (Briggs 1995). Physical processes affecting the organic skeleton (shells and bones) have been extensively studied, and palaeo-communities and organisms correlated with sedimentary sequences and palaeoenvironmental conditions (Brett and Baird 1986, Miller (ed) 1990).


Personal Protective Equipment Outlet Valve Taphonomic Process Recent Material Fossil Preservation 
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  • Owen R. Green
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  1. 1.Department of Earth SciencesUniversity of OxfordHolt, NorfolkUK

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