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Re: mass extinctions and technology



> It is a discipline called
> "Aktuopaleontologie" in German ("aktuo-" as in "actuary"); in English
> it is regarded a subdiscipline of taphonomy.

AFAIK Aktuopaläontologie (as in actualism) is that sort of thing: you take a
dead mosquito, put mud/sand/... around it (with the composition, pH etc. you
are interested in) and squish that for days at high temperatures. Then you
look what's left of the mosquito. The idea is to mimic fossilization in
order to see what is preservable and how 2D preservation works. Right? :-)
There's apparently little published on it.