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taphonomy

[tuh-fon-uh-mee] /təˈfɒn ə mi/
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
1965-1970
1965-70; < Greek táph(ē) grave + -o- + -nomy
Related forms
taphonomic
[taf-uh-nom-ik] /ˌtæf əˈnɒm ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
taphonomist, noun
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Examples for taphonomy
  • taphonomy is the study of how fossils are formed and preserved.
  • These effects urge caution in interpreting tool and site distributions, and due regard for taphonomy.
  • He has also published articles relevant to vertebrate osteology and taphonomy.
British Dictionary definitions for taphonomy

taphonomy

/təˈfɒnəmɪ/
noun
1.
the study of the processes affecting an organism after death that result in its fossilization
Derived Forms
taphonomic (ˌtæfəˈnɒmɪk), taphonomical, adjective
Word Origin
C20: from Greek taphos grave + -nomy
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