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Bonebeds: Genesis, Analysis, and Paleobiological Significance

Edited by: Raymond R. Rogers, David A. Eberth, and Anthony R. Fiorillo

Bonebeds: Genesis, Analysis, and Paleobiological Significance

Bonebeds: Genesis, Analysis, and Paleobiological Significance hit bookstores November, 2007. The trail to completion was long and arduous, and we (the editors) were delighted to see it come to fruition.

The word from the University of Chicago Press catalog The vertebrate fossil record extends back more than 500 million years, and bonebeds—localized concentrations of the skeletal remains of vertebrate animals—help unlock the secrets of this long history. Often spectacularly preserved, bonebeds—both modern and ancient—can reveal more about life histories, ecological associations, and preservation patterns than any single skeleton or bone. For this reason, bonebeds are frequently studied by paleobiologists, geologists, and archeologists seeking to piece together the vertebrate record.

Thirteen respected researchers combine their experiences in Bonebeds, providing readers with workable definitions, theoretical frameworks, and a compendium of modern techniques in bonebed data collection and analysis. By addressing the historical, theoretical, and practical aspects of bonebed research, this edited volume—the first of its kind—provides the background and methods that students and professionals need to explore and understand these fantastic records of ancient life and death.

The cover

The table of contents and preface

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