Experimental Taphonomy of Callinectes sapidus and cuticular controls on preservation

Title:
Experimental Taphonomy of Callinectes sapidus and cuticular controls on preservation
Authors:
Mutel, Matthew H. E.; Waugh, David A.; Feldmann, Rodney M.; Parsons-Hubbard, Karla
Abstract:
Examination of remains of Callinectes sapidus deployed in several depth and environmental settings in the Bahamas and Gulf of Mexico as part of the Shelf and Slope Experimental Taphonomy Initiative project revealed that all specimens were uniformly and strongly degraded except those in brine-seep settings. Fragmentation and loss of cuticular material at all sites was correlated to the degree of calcification within the cuticle of different skeletal elements as observed in the undeployed specimens. Claws, tips of the last anterolateral spine, and mandibles were the most durable remains. In brine-seep areas, extraordinary preservation yielded articulated skeletal elements and some soft tissue. Examination of the cuticle in control specimens with cross-polarized light and computed tomographic scanning documents the correspondence of high degrees of calcification with portions of the exoskeleton remaining after deployment.
Citation:
Mutel, Matthew H.E., D.A. Waugh, R.M. Feldmann, and K. M. Parsons-Hubbard. 2008. "Experimental Taphonomy of Calinectes sapidus and cuticular controls on preservation." Palaios 23(9): 616-624.
Publisher:
Society for Sedimentary Geology
DATE ISSUED:
2008
Department:
Geology
Type:
article
PUBLISHED VERSION:
10.2110/palo.2008.p08-024r
PERMANENT LINK:
http://hdl.handle.net/11282/309251

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dc.contributor.authorMutel, Matthew H. E.en_US
dc.contributor.authorWaugh, David A.en_US
dc.contributor.authorFeldmann, Rodney M.en_US
dc.contributor.authorParsons-Hubbard, Karlaen_US
dc.date.accessioned2013-12-23T16:05:39Zen
dc.date.available2013-12-23T16:05:39Zen
dc.date.issued2008en
dc.identifier.citationMutel, Matthew H.E., D.A. Waugh, R.M. Feldmann, and K. M. Parsons-Hubbard. 2008. "Experimental Taphonomy of Calinectes sapidus and cuticular controls on preservation." Palaios 23(9): 616-624.en_US
dc.identifier.issn0883-1351en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11282/309251en
dc.description.abstractExamination of remains of Callinectes sapidus deployed in several depth and environmental settings in the Bahamas and Gulf of Mexico as part of the Shelf and Slope Experimental Taphonomy Initiative project revealed that all specimens were uniformly and strongly degraded except those in brine-seep settings. Fragmentation and loss of cuticular material at all sites was correlated to the degree of calcification within the cuticle of different skeletal elements as observed in the undeployed specimens. Claws, tips of the last anterolateral spine, and mandibles were the most durable remains. In brine-seep areas, extraordinary preservation yielded articulated skeletal elements and some soft tissue. Examination of the cuticle in control specimens with cross-polarized light and computed tomographic scanning documents the correspondence of high degrees of calcification with portions of the exoskeleton remaining after deployment.en_US
dc.publisherSociety for Sedimentary Geologyen_US
dc.identifier.doi10.2110/palo.2008.p08-024ren
dc.subject.departmentGeologyen_US
dc.titleExperimental Taphonomy of Callinectes sapidus and cuticular controls on preservationen_US
dc.typearticleen_US
dc.identifier.journalPalaiosen_US
dc.subject.keywordFossil recorden_US
dc.subject.keywordDecayen_US
dc.subject.keywordMineralizationen_US
dc.subject.keywordFossilizationen_US
dc.subject.keywordCrustaceaen_US
dc.subject.keywordBahamasen_US
dc.subject.keywordCuticleen_US
dc.identifier.volume23en_US
dc.identifier.issue9en_US
dc.identifier.startpage616en_US
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