Bonebeds: Genesis, Analysis, and Paleobiological Significance by Raymond R. Rogers

Bonebeds: Genesis, Analysis, and Paleobiological Significance

EditorRaymond R. Rogers

Hardcover | January 30, 2008

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The vertebrate fossil record extends back more than 500 million years, and bonebeds—localized concentrations of the skeletal remains of vertebrate animals—help unlock the secrets of this long history. Often spectacularly preserved, bonebeds—both modern and ancient—can reveal more about life histories, ecological associations, and preservation patterns than any single skeleton or bone. For this reason, bonebeds are frequently studied by paleobiologists, geologists, and archeologists seeking to piece together the vertebrate record.

Thirteen respected researchers combine their experiences in Bonebeds, providing readers with workable definitions, theoretical frameworks, and a compendium of modern techniques in bonebed data collection and analysis. By addressing the historical, theoretical, and practical aspects of bonebed research, this edited volume—the first of its kind—provides the background and methods that students and professionals need to explore and understand these fantastic records of ancient life and death. 

About The Author

Raymond R. Rogers is a professor and chair of the geology department at Macalester College, St. Paul, Minnesota. David A. Eberth is a senior research scientist at the Royal Tyrrell Museum in Drumheller, Alberta, Canada. Tony R.  Fiorillois a faculty member in the Department of Geological Sciences at Southern Methodist University and Cu...

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Title:Bonebeds: Genesis, Analysis, and Paleobiological SignificanceFormat:HardcoverDimensions:512 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.3 inPublished:January 30, 2008Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0226723704

ISBN - 13:9780226723709

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Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgments

Chapter 1        A Conceptual Framework for the Genesis and Analysis of Vertebrate Skeletal Concentrations
                                     Raymond R. Rogers and Susan M. Kidwell
 
Chapter 2        Bonebeds Through Time
                                    Anna K. Behrensmeyer
 
Chapter 3        A Bonebeds Database: Classification, Biases, and Patterns of Occurrence
                                    David A. Eberth, Matthew Shannon, and Brent G. Noland 

Chapter 4
       From Bonebeds to Paleobiology
                                    Donald B. Brinkman, David A. Eberth, and Philip J. Currie
 
Chapter 5        A Practical Approach to the Study of Bonebeds
                                    David A. Eberth, Raymond R. Rogers, and Tony R. Fiorillo 

Chapter 6
        Numerical Methods for Bonebed Analysis
                                    Richard W. Blob and Catherine Badgley 

Chapter 7
       Trace Element Geochemistry of Bonebeds
                                   Clive Trueman
 
Chapter 8        Stable Isotope Geochemistry of Bonebed Fossils: Reconstructing Paleoenvironments, Paleoecology, and Paleobiology
                                   Henry Fricke

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"This is a thorough analysis of the taphonomic phenomenon known as the 'bonebed' in the stratigraphic record.. . . The emphasis of this volume is practical, making it most useful for vertebrate paleontologists, stratigraphers, and sedimentologists."—Choice