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Interpreting the environmental context

[Congrès, colloques, réunions]

Mise à jour le 5 décembre 2013

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du 22 au 27 septembre 2014
San Rafael (Argentine)

Dans le cadre de la 12th ICAZ International Conference

Superimposed to the original palaeobiological information of fossils or human induced modifications, there is a new record of (taphonomic) information of the past environment context (i.e. activity of contemporaneous animals, microorganisms and plants, predation and decay processes, weather and seasonal agents, geological processes, geomorphological situation). This superimposed information is, sometimes, considered to be interferences, background noise or evidence of bias that disturbs the original information. However, traces of taphonomic agents help to interpret the environmental context inhabited by the animals that produced the carcass (fossils today) on which other animals, included humans, also left traces of their activity and indications of their behaviour. Similarly, microbial activity, insects, plants may affect bones and be themselves affected by changes in temperature, humidity, soil acidity, water streams, rains, sun exposure, sudden burial, all causing modifications on bones that have to be deciphered and interpreted to reconstruct the past in all details.

We would be grateful to receive an informal expression of interest : names of authors, keywords and a provisional title that summarizes the topic with which you may participate.

Claudia I.Montalvo :
Yolanda Fernandez Jalvo :