the branch of paleontology that deals with the process of fossilization
Origin of taphonomyultimately from Classical Greek taphos, tomb (see epitaph) + nomos, law (see -nomy): coined (1940) by I. A. Efremov (1908-72), Russian paleontologist and author
- The study of the events and processes, such as burial in sediment, transportation, and decomposition, that affect the remains of an organism after it dies.
- These events and processes, especially those leading up to preservation or fossilization.
Origin of taphonomyGreek taphē grave -nomy
From Ancient Greek Ï„Î¬Ï•Î¿Ï‚ (taÏ•os, “grave") +"Ž -nomy.