Vertebrate Taphonomy (Paperback)
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Short Description for Vertebrate Taphonomy This comprehensive work of reference covers the wealth of analytical techniques developed to help understand prehistoric animal remains.
- Published: 25 March 2004
- Format: Paperback 524 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780521458405 ISBN 10: 0521458404
- Sales rank: 343,042
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Full description for Vertebrate Taphonomy
Taphonomy 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.