Putting the dead to work since 1992


The Centro de Estudios de Almejas Muertas (C.E.A.M.) [English translation: Center for the Study of Dead Clams] is an informal organization dedicated to the study of taphonomy. Taphonomy is the study of dead things and how they get incorporated into the fossil record.

 C.E.A.M. is based at the Department of Geosciences, University of Arizona and its members are united by their interest in dead things - clams, insects, brachiopods, vertebrates, plants, etc.  Karl Flessa is "El Jefe" and his CV can be found here.

Since its founding in 1992, C.E.A.M. has expanded its scope to include the North Sea, Recent and fossil lingulid brachiopods, the playas and packrat middens of the American Southwest, Tertiary lakes of the western U.S., the Phanerozoic record of fossil communities, the Permian and Devonian marine benthic assemblages of the Parana Basin of Brazil, sclerochronology and and stable isotopes in hard parts..

Conservation Paleobiology
The Delta Project

El Proyecto Delta

Since the dams: Historical ecology of the Colorado River Delta 

Antes de las presas: Historia ecológica sobre el delta del Río Colorado


Abstracts of recent talks
Researchers Links
Images Press and Publicity Founding Members


  • C.E.A.M. Headquarters - Karl W. Flessa, Tucson, AZ, USA
  •  C.E.A.M. South America - Marcello Simoes, Botucatu, SP, BRAZIL
  •  C.E.A.M. Passive Margin - Michal Kowalewski, Blacksburg, VA, USA
  • INCREMENTS - Bernd Schöne, Frankfurt, Germany

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