Definitions for taphonomytəˈfɒn ə mi

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ta•phon•o•mytəˈfɒn ə mi(n.)

  1. the circumstances and processes of fossilization.

    Category: Paleontology

  2. the study of the environmental conditions affecting fossilization.

    Category: Paleontology

Origin of taphonomy:

1965–70; < Gk táph(ē) grave + -o - + -nomy

ta•phon′o•mist(n.)

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  1. taphonomy(Noun)

    The study of the fate of the remains of organisms after they die, especially the study of fossilization.

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  1. Taphonomy

    Taphonomy is the study of decaying organisms over time and how they become fossilized. The term taphonomy was introduced to paleontology in 1940 by Russian scientist Ivan Efremov to describe the study of the transition of remains, parts, or products of organisms, from the biosphere, to the lithosphere, i.e. the creation of fossil assemblages.

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