taphonomy

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From Ancient Greek τάϕος (táϕos, grave) +‎ -nomy.

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taphonomy (uncountable)

  1. The study of the fate of the remains of organisms after they die, especially the study of fossilization. [from 20th c.]
    • 2011, Steven Pinker, The Better Angels of Our Nature, Penguin 2012, p. 4:
      Some cases may have an innocent explanation based in taphonomy, the processes by which bodies are preserved over long spans of time.

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