Vertebrate Taphonomy by R. Lee LymanVertebrate Taphonomy by R. Lee Lyman

Vertebrate Taphonomy

byR. Lee Lyman

Paperback | August 26, 1994

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In recent years archaeologists and paleontologists have become increasingly interested in how and why vertebrate animal remains become, or do not become, fossils. Vertebrate Taphonomy introduces interested researchers to the wealth of analytical techniques developed by archaeologists and paleontologists to help them understand why prehistoric animal remains do or do not preserve, and why those that preserve appear the way they do. This book is comprehensive in scope, and will serve as an important work of reference for years to come.
Title:Vertebrate TaphonomyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:552 pages, 9.72 X 6.85 X 1.1 inPublished:August 26, 1994Publisher:Cambridge University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521458404

ISBN - 13:9780521458405

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Table of Contents

Preface; 1. What is taphonomy?; 2. The history and structure of taphonomy; 3. Taphonomy in practice and theory; 4. Structure and quantification of vertebrate skeletons; 5. Vertebrate mortality, skeletonization, disarticulation, and scattering; 6. Accumulation and dispersal of vertebrate remains; 7. Frequencies of skeletal parts; 8. Butchering, bone fracturing and bone tools; 9. Other biostratinomic factors; 10. Burial as a taphonomic process; 11. Diagenesis; 12. Taphonomy of fish, birds, reptiles and amphibians; 13. Discussion and conclusions; Glossary.

Editorial Reviews

"...all scientists who are interested in taphonomy or zooarchaeology can rejoice at the publication of Vertebrate Taphonomy by R. Lee Lyman....an enormous accomplishment for such a broadly based book....essential for anyone interested in taphonomy....This book is a gift to all zooarchaeologists...." Curtis W. Marean, Evolutionary Anthropology