noun Paleontology, Anthropology.
the circumstances and processes of fossilization.
the study of the environmental conditions affecting the preservation of animal or plant remains.
Origin of taphonomy
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the study of the processes affecting an organism after death that result in its fossilization
Word Origin for taphonomy
C20: from Greek taphos grave + -nomy
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