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Re: Preservational bias revisited
> 1) A wooded area has a "fast" turnover rate of organic matter. Leaves or
> needles fall, decompose, and get recycled relatively quickly, because of
> the shady, moist and humid conditions on the forest floor. The rate
> varies from very quickly in a rain forest to leisurely in a northern
> woodland, but the recycling happens. This makes for lousy preservation,
> unless it gets so acidic it becomes bog-like and suppresses the
> decomposing bacteria.
Would this also have prevented bones from fossilizing well? If so,
perhaps there are several lines of dinosaurs that will never be known
due to the fact that their bones never fossilized.
Imagine how much we cannot know about dinosaurs...