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Science  16 Jun 2000:
Vol. 288, Issue 5473, pp. 1971-1972
DOI: 10.1126/science.288.5473.1971a

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Taphonomy A Process Approach. Ronald E. Martin. Cambridge University Press, New York, 1999. 524 pp. $100. ISBN 0-521-59171-6. Paper, $44.95. ISBN 0-521-59833-8.

Martin's review of the study of incompleteness and bias in the fossil record pulls together case studies from marine microfossils, marine invertebrates, vertebrates, plants, and pollen.