Thanatocoenosis

thanatocoenosis

[‚than·ə·tō·sə′nō·səs]
(paleontology)
The assemblage of dead organisms or fossils that occurred together in a given area at a given moment of geologic time. Also known as death assemblage; taphocoenosis.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Thanatocoenosis

 

the localized accumulation of the remains of dead organisms. The cause, time, and place of death of the individual are not important. Thanatocoenosis occurs, for example, when the remains of organisms that have perished at various times and in various places are deposited in a central location by flowing water. The dead matter can include insect and mollusk remains and bones of terrestrial animals.

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These regions should be prioritized in paleoenvironmental studies because the thanatocoenosis (D-assemblage) shares great similarity with biocenosis.