The term “taphonomy” was coined in 1940 by the Russian paleontologist Ivan Yefremov to describe the “laws of burial.” Taphonomists attempt to understand events that occur to organisms after death, a period defined as the postmortem interval. Early research in the field of taphonomy focused on the study of fossils, especially the conditions that determine how and why certain organisms are preserved in the fossil record. Since the 1980s, taphonomy has become an important research area in... więcej
Salem Press Encyclopedia of Science, 2020. 2p.