taphonomic

taphonomy

[tuh-fon-uh-mee]
noun Paleontology, Anthropology.
1.
the circumstances and processes of fossilization.
2.
the study of the environmental conditions affecting the preservation of animal or plant remains.

Origin:
1965–70; < Greek táph(ē) grave + -o- + -nomy

taphonomic [taf-uh-nom-ik] , adjective
taphonomist, noun
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taphonomy (təˈfɒnəmɪ)
 
n
the study of the processes affecting an organism after death that result in its fossilization
 
[C20: from Greek taphos grave + -nomy]
 
taphonomic
 
adj
 
tapho'nomical
 
adj

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