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  • 1 Department of Physical and Applied Geology, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary
  • | 2 Department of Palaeontology, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary, virag@caesar.elte.hu
  • | 3 H-1117, Budapest, Pázmány P. sétány 1/c, Hungary
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Abstract

A total of 1,514 fossil bones were studied from the Vaskapu II rock shelter (Bükk Mountains, North Hungary). The objective of this study was to investigate those processes of bone modification that were important in the dispersal, destruction and preservation of bone in the deposit. Size-selective taphonomic processes were detected in the accumulation of vertebrate remains. The fossils were transported by water through a 15 m high fissure system above the locality during repeated precipitation and thawing. Size-sorting of the bones occurred within the fissures. During this process the fossils were damaged and fragmented and the remains were eventually emplaced into the Vaskapu II rock shelter. The size-sorting is statistically established by a method based on the chisquare test. This method clearly describes the differences between the life and death assemblages.

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