Paleonet: burial of large carcass
Karl A. Wilson
kwilson at binghamton.edu
Tue Dec 18 04:56:47 GMT 2007
You might contact Warron Allmon (allmon at museumoftheearth.org ) at the
Museum of the Earth/Paleontological Research Institution at Ithaca,
NY. The museum obtained a right whale carcass and prepped the bones by
bural (see http://www.priweb.org/whale2030/whale_tale.htm). Not exactly
what you have in mind, as I think the bones were pretty well flenzed out,
but he might have some insights.
At 04:04 PM 12/17/2007 -0800, you wrote:
>I have a question related to experimental taphonomy.
>I'm planning on burying a medium- to large-sized carcass of a marine
>animal (whale, dolphin, turtle) on a beach on a relatively isolated area,
>outside of human influence, and then monitor it for water chemistry as it
>decomposes over time. I wonder if any of you have done that or know of any
>similar experiments in the past or present, which could provide some
>orientation. The idea is ascertain the changes that happen in the pore
>water and sediment around the decaying carcass, changes that could affect
>potential fossilization. Since marine carccasses of these sizes are rare
>to get and we must act really quickly, I want to avoid mistakes and
>maximize both efforts and outcome. A colleague told me to bury some PVC
>pipes in vertical position and at different distances from the carcass,
>then at regular intervals of time retrieve some pore water and analyze it
>for chemical content. Maybe I should contact people working at
>environmental departments or agencies, but where or who?
>I would appreciate any suggestion.
>Raúl Esperante, PhD
>resperante at llu.edu
>Paleonet mailing list
>Paleonet at nhm.ac.uk
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