Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Stratigraphic PaleobiologyUnderstanding the Distribution of Fossil Taxa in Time and Space$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Mark E. Patzkowsky and Steven M. Holland

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780226649375

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226649399.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM CHICAGO SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.chicago.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of Chicago Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in CHSO for personal use (for details see www.chicago.universitypressscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 20 November 2018

The Nature of a Sample

The Nature of a Sample

(p.11) 2 The Nature of a Sample
Stratigraphic Paleobiology

Mark E. Patzkowsky

Steven M. Holland

University of Chicago Press

This chapter discusses the recent concepts of the formation of sedimentary beds and their implications for the fine-scale structure of the fossil record. A summary of central topics in taphonomy, including questions about out-of-habitat transport, the recognition of census and time-averaged assemblages, the difference between stratigraphic and paleontologic resolution, and the fidelity of fossil assemblages is presented. It is known that sedimentary beds and their time-averaged fossil assemblages are the fundamental units in a parallel hierarchy of temporal and spatial stratigraphic and paleoecologic units. Also, the spatial and temporal resolution of a bed defines the lower limit on biologic questions that can be asked in the fossil record, and paleoecologists should focus on questions that take advantage of the time-averaged nature of the fossil record.

Keywords:   sedimentary beds, fine-scale structure, fossil record, taphonomy, out-of-habitat transport, time-averaged assemblages

Chicago Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.