As an undergraduate and then as a graduate student, I repeatedly came across in the paleontological literature what I considered to be the “paleontological mantra”—quick and rapid burial ensured that an organism might be preserved in the fossil record. I kept looking for tests of this “observation” but found little to appease my curiosity about this mysterious, yet profound process. As a graduate student, I buried shells with epibionts below the anoxic zone in a mudflat to examine the selective preservation of encrusting organisms that associated with hermit crab-inhabited shells. Additionally, I avidly read about descriptive analyses of taphonomic degradation...
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Below the Sediment-Water-Interface: A New Frontier in Taphonomic Research
SALLY E. WALKER
SALLY E. WALKER
1Sally Walker is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geology and cross appointed in the Department of Marine Sciences at the University of Georgia. Sally has fond early childhood memories of playing in mud which continues to this day (she is pictured with her favorite device: “Patrick's Guillotine” specifically designed to core marsh sediments). She was born in the oil fields of Ventura, California. She received her B.A. at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a Ph.D. at the University of California at Berkeley. Her research interests include burial processes, ecological stasis in modern and fossil Caribbean molluscs and their epi- and endobionts, taphonomy of outer shelf to deep-sea gastropods, and the paleoecology of terrestrial gastropods.
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PALAIOS (2001) 16 (2): 113-114.
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SALLY E. WALKER; Below the Sediment-Water-Interface: A New Frontier in Taphonomic Research. PALAIOS ; 16 (2): 113–114. doi: https://doi.org/10.1669/0883-1351(2001)016<0113:BTSWIA>2.0.CO;2
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