taphonomy


ta·phon·o·my

noun \tə-ˈfä-nə-mē, ta-\

Definition of TAPHONOMY

:  the study of the processes (as burial, decay, and preservation) that affect animal and plant remains as they become fossilized; also :  the processes themselves
taph·o·nom·ic \ˌta-fə-ˈnä-mik\ adjective
ta·phon·o·mist \tə-ˈfä-nə-mist, ta-\ noun

Origin of TAPHONOMY

Greek taphē burial + English -nomy
First Known Use: 1940

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