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Inproceedings Reference Taphonomy of the Pisco Konzentrat- and Konservat-Lagerstätte (Miocene, Peru).
Among the most outstanding Cenozoic marine Fossil-Lagerstätten worldwide, the Peruvian Pisco Formation is renowned for its exceptional preservation and abundance of fossil vertebrates, especially cetaceans. We present an updated overview and interpretation of taphonomic data gathered during fifteen field campaigns (2006-2019) on 890 fossil marine vertebrates from the Miocene strata of the Pisco Formation exposed in the Ica Desert. In order to assess the factors that led to the formation of such an exceptional Konzentrat- and Konservat-Lagerstätte, we made observations that range from the taxonomic distribution, articulation, completeness, disposition and orientation of skeletons, to the presence of bite marks, associations with shark teeth and macro-invertebrates, bone and soft tissue (i.e., baleen) preservation, and the formation of attendant carbonate concretions and sedimentary structures. We propose that the exceptional preservation and abundance of the Pisco Formation specimens cannot be ascribed to a single cause, but rather to the interplay of favorable palaeoenvironmental factors and suitable timing of mineralizing processes, such as: i) low concentration of dissolved oxygen at the seafloor; ii) the early onset of mineralization processes; iii) rapid burial of the carcasses; and iv) original biological richness in the southeastern Pacific. Our observations provide a comprehensive overview of the taphonomic characteristics of one of the most significant fossiliferous deposits of South America and lead to the elaboration of a complex scenario for the preservation of its marine vertebrates that might serve as a reference for explaining the formation of other marine vertebrate Fossil-Lagerstätten worldwide.
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Inproceedings Reference Role for researchers in (UNESCO global) geoparks - bibliometric analysis and discussion on national geopark committees
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Inproceedings Reference Speleothem record from Pentadactylos cave (Cyprus): high-resolution insight into climatic variations during MIS 6 and MIS 5
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Inproceedings Reference Les structures néandertaliennes de la grotte de Bruniquel : approvisionnement en matériaux et construction - Neanderthal structures in the Bruniquel cave: supply of materials and construction
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Inproceedings Reference Insights into the brain of two hadrosaurid dinosaurs from Kundur, Russia
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Inproceedings Reference The braincase and the endocranial cast of Lurdusaurus arenatus
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Inproceedings Reference Le matériel romain de la Grotte de Han.
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Inproceedings Reference Résultats préliminaires des analyses archéozoologiques et archéobotaniques à Petit-Spiennes
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Inproceedings Reference Het archeologisch onderzoek ter hoogte van drie huizen in de Korte Beenhouwersstraat nr. 29 en de Schuddeveldsteeg nr. 2. (Brussel).
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Inproceedings Reference Des champs et des bêtes à Bruxelles (10e-15e siècles). Approche interdisciplinaire des pratiques agricoles et alimentaires.
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