taphonomy

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noun ta·phon·o·my \tə-ˈfä-nə-mē, ta-\

Definition of taphonomy

  1. :  the study of the processes (such as burial, decay, and preservation) that affect animal and plant remains as they become fossilized; also :  the processes themselves

taphonomic

play \ˌta-fə-ˈnä-mik\ adjective

taphonomist

play \tə-ˈfä-nə-mist, ta-\ noun

Origin and Etymology of taphonomy

Greek taphē burial + English -nomy


First Known Use: 1940

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