noun Etymology: Greek taphē burial + English -nomy Date: 1940 the study of the processes (as burial, decay, and preservation) that affect animal and plant remains as they become fossilized; also the processes themselves • taphonomic adjectivetaphonomist noun

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  • Taphonomy — is the study of a decaying organism over time. The term taphonomy, (from the Greek taphos τάφος meaning burial, and nomos νόμος meaning law), was introduced to paleontology in 1940 by Russian scientist, Ivan Efremov, to describe the study of the… …   Wikipedia

  • taphonomy — [ta fän′ə mē] n. the branch of paleontology that deals with the process of fossilization taphonomic [taf΄ə näm′ik] adj. taphonomical [taf΄ə nämi kəl] taphonomist [ta fän′əmist] n …   English World dictionary

  • taphonomy — the study of the processes of burial and fossilisation …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • taphonomy — taphonomic /taf euh nom ik/, adj. taphonomist, n. /teuh fon euh mee/, n. Paleontol., Anthropol. 1. the circumstances and processes of fossilization. 2. the study of the environmental conditions affecting the preservation of animal or plant… …   Universalium

  • taphonomy — noun The study of the fate of the remains of organisms after they die, especially the study of fossilization. See Also: taphonomic …   Wiktionary

  • taphonomy — [ta fɒnəmi] noun the branch of palaeontology concerned with the processes of fossilization. Derivatives taphonomic adjective taphonomist noun Origin 1940s: from Gk taphos grave + nomy …   English new terms dictionary

  • taphonomy — ta·phon·o·my …   English syllables

  • taphonomy — ta•phon•o•my [[t]təˈfɒn ə mi[/t]] n. 1) pal the circumstances and processes of fossilization 2) pal the study of the environmental conditions affecting fossilization • Etymology: 1965–70; < Gk táph(ē) grave + o + nomy taph•o•nom•ic ˌtæf əˈnɒm… …   From formal English to slang

  • taphonomy — /tæfˈɒnəmi/ (say taf onuhmee) noun a subdiscipline of palaeontology, concerned with the processes by which an organism becomes part of the fossil record. {Greek taphos grave + nomy} –taphonomic /tæfəˈnɒmɪk/ (say tafuh nomik), adjective …   Australian English dictionary

  • taphonomy — …   Useful english dictionary

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