Year of Award
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Department or School/College
Department of Geosciences
Nancy W. Hinman
Michael H. Hofmann, David Patterson, J. B. Alexander Ross, George D. Stanley
Chengjiang Biota, geochemistry, Maotianshan Shale, sedimentology, taphonomy
The University of Montana
The Chengjiang Biota, found in the Early Cambrian Maotianshan Shale (Yunnan, China), represents the Cambrian ôexplosion of life,ö providing a snapshot of the early evolution and development of complex life. This snapshot is possible because high fidelity processes transfer information from living organisms to preserved fossils. Taphonomy is everything that occurred during this information transfer from death to fossilization and discovery, including chemical and/or sedimentological processes. The Chengjiang fossilsÆ biology is well documented and taphonomical processes have been proposed. Tests of these models are limited because the depositional environment remains poorly understood. To fill this gap and better constrain the taphonomy, I examined the sedimentology and geochemistry of the Maotianshan Shale.
MacKenzie, Lindsay Ann, "Taphonomy of the Chengjiang Biota: Using a combination of sedimentology, geochemistry and experimental taphonomy to determine preservation" (2015). Graduate Student Theses, Dissertations, & Professional Papers. 4621.
Available for download on Thursday, January 11, 2018
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