Meaning of taphonomy

ta•phon•o•my

Pronunciation: (tu-fon'u-mē), [key]
— n. Paleontol., Anthropol.
  1. the circumstances and processes of fossilization.
  2. the study of the environmental conditions affecting the preservation of animal or plant remains.
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