Ternary taphograms: triangular diagrams applied to taphonomic analysis

M. Kowalewski, Karl Flessa, D. P. Hallman

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Abstract

Ternary diagrams can be useful in taphonomic analysis. When the quality of preservation of a hard part can be expressed in a three-fold scheme, a single point on a triangular diagram characterizes the frequency distribution of taphonomic alteration within a sample. Comparison of samples with such a "ternary taphogram' is an efficient way to explore variation in the preservation of hard parts. To illustrate the method, samples from the northern Gulf of California and the North Sea are compared. Taphonomic variation in the samples reflects variation in the extent of subaerial exposure, wave and current regime, and shell architecture. -Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)478-483
Number of pages6
JournalPalaios
Volume10
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 1995

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Ternary taphograms : triangular diagrams applied to taphonomic analysis. / Kowalewski, M.; Flessa, Karl; Hallman, D. P.

In: Palaios, Vol. 10, No. 5, 1995, p. 478-483.

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Kowalewski, M. ; Flessa, Karl ; Hallman, D. P. / Ternary taphograms : triangular diagrams applied to taphonomic analysis. In: Palaios. 1995 ; Vol. 10, No. 5. pp. 478-483.
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