Vertebrate Taphonomy

ISBN-10: 0521458404
ISBN-13: 9780521458405
Edition: 1994
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Description: Taphonomy studies the transition of organic matter from the biosphere into the geological record. It is particularly relevant to zooarchaeologists and paleobiologists, who analyse organic remains in the archaeological record in an attempt to  More...

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Book details

List price: $88.00
Copyright year: 1994
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 7/7/1994
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 552
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.640
Language: English

Taphonomy studies the transition of organic matter from the biosphere into the geological record. It is particularly relevant to zooarchaeologists and paleobiologists, who analyse organic remains in the archaeological record in an attempt to reconstruct hominid subsistence patterns and paleoecological conditions. In this user-friendly, encyclopedic reference volume for students and professionals, R. Lee Lyman, a leading researcher in taphonomy, reviews the wide range of analytical techniques used to solve particular zooarchaeological problems, illustrating these in most cases with appropriate examples. He also covers the history of taphonomic research and its philosophical underpinnings. Logically organised and clearly written, the book is an important update on all previous publications on archaeological faunal remains.

R Lee Lyman is professor of anthropology at University of Missouri, formerly at Oregon State University. He is co-author or co-editor of Adding Prehistory to Conservation Biology: Zooarchaeological Studies from North America, Cladistics and Archaeology, Style, Function, Transmission: Evolutionary Archaeological Perspectives, and many articles.

Preface
What is taphonomy?
The history and structure of taphonomy
Taphonomy in practice and theory
Structure and quantification of vertebrate skeletons
Vertebrate mortality, skeletonization, disarticulation, and scattering
Accumulation and dispersal of vertebrate remains
Frequencies of skeletal parts
Butchering, bone fracturing and bone tools
Other biostratinomic factors
Burial as a taphonomic process
Diagenesis
Taphonomy of fish, birds, reptiles and amphibians
Discussion and conclusions
Glossary

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