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    Vertebrate Taphonomy (Cambridge Manuals in Archaeology (Paperback)) (Paperback) By (author) R. Lee Lyman, Series edited by Graeme Barker, Series edited by Elizabeth Slater, Series edited by Peter I. Bogucki

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    DescriptionTaphonomy studies the transition of organic matter from the biosphere into the geological record. It is particularly relevant to zooarchaeologists and paleobiologists, who analyse organic remains in the archaeological record in an attempt to reconstruct hominid subsistence patterns and paleoecological conditions. In this user-friendly, encyclopedic reference volume for students and professionals, R. Lee Lyman, a leading researcher in taphonomy, reviews the wide range of analytical techniques used to solve particular zooarchaeological problems, illustrating these in most cases with appropriate examples. He also covers the history of taphonomic research and its philosophical underpinnings. Logically organised and clearly written, the book is an important update on all previous publications on archaeological faunal remains.


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    Title
    Vertebrate Taphonomy
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) R. Lee Lyman, Series edited by Graeme Barker, Series edited by Elizabeth Slater, Series edited by Peter I. Bogucki
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 524
    Width: 186 mm
    Height: 242 mm
    Thickness: 38 mm
    Weight: 1,139 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780521458405
    ISBN 10: 0521458404
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.5
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: RBX
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    Ingram Subject Code: AH
    Libri: I-AH
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25530
    B&T General Subject: 431
    BISAC V2.8: SOC003000
    BIC subject category V2: HD
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    DC20: 930.1
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 930.10285, 930.1/0285
    LC subject heading: , ,
    LC classification: CC79.5.A5 L96 1994
    Thema V1.0: NK, RBX
    Edition
    3
    Edition statement
    New.
    Illustrations note
    with text-figs & illus.
    Publisher
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Imprint name
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Publication date
    25 March 2004
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge
    Review quote
    "...a comprehensive, detailed and accurate book that will make taphonomy accessible to specialists and nonspecialists alike. It is essential reading for all vertebrate palaeontologists, archaeologists and palaeoecologists and provides crucial background information for workers in other disciplines who use fossil material, especially molecular biologists attempting to extract DNA from fossil bone." Nature "Vertebrate Taphonomy succeeds through a combination of clear writing, high-quality illustrations, and Lyman's encyclopedic knowledge...A good discussion, extensive up-to-date bibliography, and generally excellent glossary round out this highly recommended volume." E. Delson, Choice "...bold in its wide coverage...Readers will see wisdom in this book, a welcome development in a field where all publications are touted as final authorities...fair and fluid, comprehensive and nonconfrontational...you leave educated and edified." Gary Haynes, Journal of Middle Atlantic Archaeology "Lyman's book is a major scientific contribution and is both an excellent teaching tool for advanced students and a helpful guide to practicing professionals. The author successfully integrates existing knowledge and approaches from a vast array of sources...Moreover, the level of scholarship is excellent...Readers are provided with a comprehensive array of analytical alternatives and equally important, Lyman encourages readers to make their own--albeit better informed--decisions in relation to the problems." American Antiquity "...all scientists who are interested in taphonomy or zooarchaeology can rejoice at the publication of Vertebrate Taphonomy by R. Lee Lyman...an enormous accomplishment for such a broadly based book...essential for anyone interested in taphonomy...This book is a gift to all zooarchaeologists..." Curtis W. Marean, Evolutionary Anthropology
    Table of contents
    Preface; 1. What is taphonomy?; 2. The history and structure of taphonomy; 3. Taphonomy in practice and theory; 4. Structure and quantification of vertebrate skeletons; 5. Vertebrate mortality, skeletonization, disarticulation, and scattering; 6. Accumulation and dispersal of vertebrate remains; 7. Frequencies of skeletal parts; 8. Butchering, bone fracturing and bone tools; 9. Other biostratinomic factors; 10. Burial as a taphonomic process; 11. Diagenesis; 12. Taphonomy of fish, birds, reptiles and amphibians; 13. Discussion and conclusions; Glossary.