Moderators: María Dolores Marin-Monfort1  and Sara García-Morato1

1 Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales-CSIC, Madrid, Spain.

Fossil sites provide a record of the biotic and abiotic events extend over space and time. For this reason, fossil sites may not be considered as an original image of the past. Ivan A. Efremov observed that species recovered from fossil sites usually formed fossil accumulations in alien surroundings, and this fact have a special relevance to palaeoecological interpretations. These observations led Efremov to proposed the term of Taphonomy in 1940 as a new branch of Paleontology which describes the study of the transition of the remains, parts, or products of organisms from the biosphere to the litosphere. Taphonomy provides information about past organisms, their associations with past environments, climates, ecosystems and, also, inform us about fossilization enviroments. This discipline has become relevant in several palaeontological and archaeological studies. Furthermore, actualistic studies in taphonomy have gained importance to produce more reliable interpretations of fossil sites. Research in the field is becoming multidisciplinary, applying new methodological approaches and refining current methods that have recently led this discipline to produce a significant impact on forensic sciences too.

The aim of this workshop is to cover a wide range of topics centered on taphonomy. Submissions are invited from any area of taphonomic research including palaeontological, archaeological, forensic and actualistic studies.

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