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Determining taphonomic controls and rates of decay in cave environments using microcosms
(Society for Sedimentary Geology, 2018-04-03)
Caves are important sites of fossil preservation, especially for Quaternary vertebrates. Taphonomic processes operating in caves are not well understood and have never been experimentally examined. This study focuses on ...
Toward a predictive taphonomy
FROM THE EDITORS: Toward a predictive taphonomy A favorite children's questions about fossils (usually regarding dinosaurs) is "How do you know where to find them?" In other words, "Can we, as paleontologists, predict ...
Evidence for trait-based dominance in occupancy among fossil taxa and the decoupling of macroecological and macroevolutionary success
(University of Chicago Press, 2018-03-21)
Biological systems provide examples of differential success among taxa, from ecosystems with a few dominant species (ecological success) to clades that possess far more species than sister-clades (macroevolutionary success). ...
The future of paleontology: taphonomy's role
(Death Decay Disintegration: The Newsletter for Research on Taphonomy, 1991-11)
Few fields within paleontology have as high a potential for fruitful interactions with other disciplines as does taphonomy. For example, the processes and results of fossil diagenesis should be of great interest to our ...
The future of paleontology and taphonomy: part 2
(Death Decay Disintegration: The Newsletter for Research on Taphonomy, 1993-02)
We accept as a given that research in taphonomy will have a continuing impact within paleontology but, as we discussed in issue Number 3 of DDD, it is vital that this work also be brought to the attention of non-paleontologists. ...
The greatest hits of all time: the histories of dominant genera in the fossil record
(Paleontological Society, 2018-08-01)
Certain taxa are noticeably common within collections, widely distributed, and frequently long-lived. We have examined these dominant genera as compared to rarer genera, with a focus on their temporal histories. Using ...