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Fossils and Fossilization

  1. Carlton E Brett

Published Online: 25 APR 2001

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0001621



How to Cite

Brett, C. E. 2001. Fossils and Fossilization. eLS. .

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  1. University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 APR 2001

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The study of fossil preservation – taphonomy – reveals biases of the fossil record and also provides insights into depositional rates and processes.


  • taphonomy;
  • preservation;
  • fossils;
  • depositional environment;
  • biostratinomy;
  • diagenesis