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Willwood Formation paleosols are ranked on a scale of 0 to 5 on the basis of their relative maturity (= relative time required to form). In the lateral dimension, the least mature soils were developed more proximal to ancient channel belts, whereas the more mature paleosols formed in areas more distant to channel belts. Quantitative study shows that both mammalian taxonomic composition and taphonomic completeness vary systematically with the maturity of these paleosols.

Species-level differences in taxonomic composition are identified for pedofacies sequences located at the 442-m and 546-m levels of the Willwood Formation. At 442 m, Cantius frugivorus and...

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