Questions tagged [taphonomy]

Taphonomy is the study of the post-death decay of organisms and the processes by which they may become preserved in the fossil record. The term taphonomy derives from the Greek taphos, τάφος meaning burial, and nomos, νόμος meaning law.

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How long does it take to form amber?

How long does the formation of the amber take? Are there any approximation of the minimal time needed to convert resin into amber in the most favorable conditions? Would it be possible to produce ...
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What geological processes can cause local biases in the fossil record?

What are the main geological processes that can cause local biases in the fossil record, e.g. when comparing species diversity or species occurances in different areas from the same time period? I ...
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How are organic walled microfossils preserved in the fossil record?

Organic walled microfossils have no hard mineralised parts, how are they preserved in the fossil record?