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    Microborings in mid Cretaceous fish teeth

    Underwood, Charlie J. and Mitchell, S.F. and Veltkamp, K.J. (1999) Microborings in mid Cretaceous fish teeth. Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society 52 , pp. 269-274. ISSN 0044-0604.


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    Fish teeth and other remains from the British Cretaceous contain abundant evidence for post-mortem colonization by endolithic organisms. The borings are here recognised as occurring in three morphotypes, including a flask-shaped form not previously recorded. There is strong evidence to suggest that each of these boring types shows a strong preference for a particular substrate histology. The damage and destruction of vertebrate remains by microborings is here considered to exert a major taphonomic control on microvertebrate assemblages. The relationships between the intensity of colonization of vertebrate material by endolithic organisms and palaeoenvironment have implications for using these bone microborings as palaeoenvironmental indicators.


    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This material has been published in the Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society, vol 52. pp. 269-274 (1999), the only definitive repository of the content that has been certified and accepted after peer review. Copyright and all rights therein are retained by The Yorkshire Geological Society. C. Underwood was at the University of Liverpool when this paper was published. He is currently a Lecturer at Birkbeck.
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): fish, sharks, Cretaceous, trace fossils, taphonomy, ichnofossils, borings, Albian
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science > School of Natural Sciences
    Depositing User: Charles Underwood
    Date Deposited: 04 Apr 2005
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 16:45


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