Volume 24 1981

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    Presidential address: taphonomy as an aid to African palaeontology
    (Bernard Price Institute for Palaeontological Research, 1981) Brain, C. K.
    Palaeontology has its roots in both the earth and life sciences. Its usefulness to geology comes from the light which the understanding of fossils may throw on the stratigraphic relationships of sediments, or the presence of economic deposits such as coal or oil. In biology, the study of fossils has the same objectives as does the study of living animals or plants and such objectives are generally reached in a series of steps which may be set out as follows.