What does taphonomy mean?

Definitions for taphonomytəˈfɒn ə mi

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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.


  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.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of taphonomy in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of taphonomy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

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