Numerical Methods for Bonebed Analysis

Richard W. Blob and Catherine Badgley

in Bonebeds

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print January 2008 | ISBN: 9780226723709
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226723730 | DOI:
Numerical Methods for Bonebed Analysis

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This chapter discusses several kinds of quantitative analysis of bonebed assemblages in relation to particular research questions, first reviewing protocols for counting specimens recovered from bonebeds, a crucial initial step that lays the foundation for further analyses. Second, it considers the evaluation of taphonomic equivalence among bonebeds, a consideration that is crucial for comparisons of faunal counts among fossil localities, and third, discusses comparisons of species richness among localities, particularly with respect to sampling intensity. Fourth, the chapter assesses approaches for estimating taxonomic abundance in ancient ecosystems based on species abundances in fossil assemblages. Finally, it looks at several techniques for the quantitative analysis of changes in lineages and faunas among fossil bonebeds, illustrating all of the quantitative methods presented with case studies.

Keywords: bonebeds; taphonomic equivalence; faunal counts; species richness; taxonomic abundance; ancient ecosystems; fossil assemblages; quantitative analysis; faunas; quantitative methods

Chapter.  23421 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Evolutionary Biology

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