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Re: Help with long words
On Wed, 13 Mar 1996, Stan Friesen wrote:
> thanatocoenose = "death assemblage" (from "thanatos"="death"). This
> refers to a collection of fossils that formed at the actual place
> of death.
This is not my understanding of the meaning of thanatocoenesis at all.
Invertebrate palaeontologists use the term to describe an assemblage that
accumulated after some post mortem transportation. Note that this still
fits the monospecific bonebeds because thay invariably formed from
dissarticulated bones from rotted carcasses that had been washed
downstream from the deathsite. The term biocoenesis ("life assemblage")
is used to describe a fossil assemblage that is preserved where the
animals were killed (in the more strict sense the site where they were
killed would have to be where they were living as well eg. an animal
preserved in its burrow).