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Geochemical taphonomy of shallow marine vertebrate assemblages

Trueman, C.N., Benton, M.J. and Palmer, M.R. (2003) Geochemical taphonomy of shallow marine vertebrate assemblages Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 197, (3-4), pp. 151-169. (doi:10.1016/S0031-0182(03)00457-7).

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Combined histological and geochemical analyses demonstrate complex processes leading to preservation of microbially altered bone. In certain situations, a chemical microenvironment distinct from surrounding pore waters is developed and maintained within the bone. The bone acts as a closed system, and hence palaeoenvironmental interpretations based on fossil bone apatite chemistry may not accurately reflect overall geochemical conditions of the sedimentary deposits where the bones were buried. Geochemical techniques based on variance in trace element compositions of bones from different assemblages can be used as a measure of the relative degree of mixing or taphonomic averaging within marine vertebrate assemblages

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Published date: 2003
Keywords: bones, taphonomy, rare earth elements, diagenesis, redox, marine


Local EPrints ID: 2061
ISSN: 0031-0182
PURE UUID: 546f76c0-b332-4233-8e4e-07eaf29f8bf9

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Date deposited: 11 May 2004
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 17:16

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Author: C.N. Trueman
Author: M.J. Benton
Author: M.R. Palmer

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