Definition of taphonomist in US English:

taphonomist

noun

  • See taphonomy

    • ‘By helping to solve puzzles like this, taphonomists increase our understanding of the fossil record.’
    • ‘She is also part of a large group of oceanographers and taphonomists of the SSETI project (Shelf / Slope Taphonomic Initiative) examining carbonate preservation and destruction across the shelf and slope regions in Gulf of Mexico and Bahamas using submersibles.’
    • ‘The probability of fossilization is investigated by taphonomists and geologists, who have concluded that it usually is very low.’
    • ‘Until more archaeologists, not just faunal analysts and taphonomists, recognize the range and variety of animals that can deposit marine or estuarine animal remains into archaeological localities, insufficient research attention will be paid to distinguishing taphonomic agents.’
    • ‘Intensive interdisciplinary research by archaeologists, anthropologists, geologists, taphonomists, animal behaviourists and psychologists has proved Darwin right on both scores.’

Pronunciation

taphonomist

/-mist/