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Post-collection taphonomy; shell destruction and the Chevrolet

Karl W. Flessa, Michal Kowalewski and Sally E. Walker
Post-collection taphonomy; shell destruction and the Chevrolet
Palaios (October 1992) 7 (5): 553-554


The degree of shell fragmentation can be affected by post-collection taphonomic processes. Robust shells of the venerid bivalve Chione (Chionista) fluctifraga suffered no damage during vehicle transport, while from 3 to 15% of the fragile shells of the mytilid bivalve Mytella guayanensis were broken. More breakage occurred in the Mytella sample stored in the bottom of the shipping box than occurred in the sample stored on the top. The use of fragmentation as a taphonomic indicator requires careful post-collection treatment of samples. This paper elucidates the obvious.

ISSN: 0883-1351
Serial Title: Palaios
Serial Volume: 7
Serial Issue: 5
Title: Post-collection taphonomy; shell destruction and the Chevrolet
Affiliation: Univ. of Ariz., Dep. of Geosci., Tucson, AZ, United States
Pages: 553-554
Published: 199210
Text Language: English
Publisher: Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists, Tulsa, OK, United States
References: 10
Accession Number: 1993-009256
Categories: Invertebrate paleontology
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: 1 table
Country of Publication: United States
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2017, American Geosciences Institute. Reference includes data supplied by SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology), Tulsa, OK, United States
Update Code: 1993
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