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The Total Station as a Tool for Recording Provenance in Paleontology Fieldwork: Configuration, Use, Advantages, and Disadvantages


Author(s)

Marcos César Bissaro-Júnior, Renato Pirani Ghilardi, Matheus Rosario Bueno, Anderson Manzoli, Fernando Soares Adorni, Fellipe Pereira Muniz, Edson Guilherme, Jonas Pereira de Souza Filho, Francisco Ricardo Negri, Annie Schmaltz Hsiou


Abstract:

Fossil data collecting is an essential stage of every paleontological undertaking. Although there is a consensus regarding the fundamental importance of sedimentary and stratigraphic context, there is still some debate surrounding the need to record the exact position of a fossil in relation to other elements within the same deposit (provenance). Here we provide a practical guide for the in-field use of the Total Station (TST, electronic equipment for xyz coordinates measurements), a tool that has seen wide application in archaeology but has been largely neglected in paleontology. With the TST, recording the provenance of in situ fossils can be done quickly and with great precision. We also present a configuration tutorial showing how to use the equipment, based on our experience in the Solimões Formation (upper Miocene, Acre basin, Brazil), highlighting both its advantages and disadvantages for recording fossil provenances.


DOI: 10.2110/palo.2017.070


READ IT HERE: http://www.bioone.org/doi/abs/10.2110/palo.2017.070


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  • Lurdes Fonseca

    Assistant Professor and Researcher at University of Lisbon
    Sociologist (PhD), Paleontologist (Researcher in Micropaleontology), Majors in Sociology and Biology, Minor in Geology. Main interests in Paleontology: Microfossils, Molecular fossils, Paleobiology and Paleoecology. (read more about me)

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