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The Taphonomy of Echinoids
Skeletal Morphologies, Environmental Factors, and Preservation Pathways

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Part of Elements of Paleontology

  • Date Published: October 2021
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  • isbn: 9781108896603

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  • The study of echinoid evolution, diversity, and ecology has always suffered from the fact that they are represented by taxa showing widely differing architectural designs of their multi-plated skeletons, inhabiting a large range of marine paleoenvironments, which result in highly varying taphonomic biases dictating their presence and recognition. This Element addresses the taphonomy of echinoids and includes: a general introduction to the morphological features of echinoids that play a role in their preservation; a review of processes which play an important role in the differential preservation of both regular and irregular echinoids including predation and transport; a summary of taphonomic pathways included in actualistic studies for recent sea urchins and then reconstructed for fossil taxa; and finally, a case study of the variation of echinoid taphonomy across a shelf gradient using the rich Miocene echinoid fauna of Sardinia.

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    • Date Published: October 2021
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781108896603
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    1. General Introduction
    2. Multi-plated Skeletons and Regeneration
    3. Influence of Test Architecture and Environment
    4. Predation and Parasitism as Taphonomic Agents
    5. Preservation Pathways in the Recent and Past
    6. A Case Study of Echinoid Preservation: The Miocene of Sardinia
    7. Conclusions and Future Work

  • Authors

    James H. Nebelsick, University of Tübingen

    Andrea Mancosu, University of Cagliari

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