Taphonomy meaning

tə-fŏn'ə-mē
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.
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These events and processes, especially those leading up to preservation or fossilization.
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The branch of paleontology that deals with the process of fossilization.
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The study of the fate of the remains of organisms after they die, especially the study of fossilization. [from 20th c.]
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Origin of taphonomy

From Ancient Greek τάϕος (taÏ•os, “grave") +"Ž -nomy.