BonebedsGenesis, Analysis, and Paleobiological Significance

BonebedsGenesis, Analysis, and Paleobiological Significance

Raymond R. Rogers, David A. Eberth, and Anthony R. Fiorillo

Print publication date: 2013

ISBN: 9780226723709

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Abstract

The vertebrate fossil record extends back more than 500 million years, and bonebeds—localized concentrations of the skeletal remains of vertebrate animals—help unlock the secrets of this long history. Often spectacularly preserved, bonebeds—both modern and ancient—can reveal more about life histories, ecological associations, and preservation patterns than any single skeleton or bone. For this reason, they are frequently studied by paleobiologists, geologists, and archeologists seeking to piece together the vertebrate record. In this book, thirteen researchers combine their experiences to provide readers with workable definitions, theoretical frameworks, and a compendium of modern techniques in bonebed data collection and analysis. By addressing the historical, theoretical, and practical aspects of bonebed research, they provide the background and methods that students and professionals need to explore and understand these records of ancient life and death.