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Vertebrate Microfossil Assemblages: Their Role in Paleoecology and Paleobiogeography


Series: Life of the Past

Edited By: Julia T Sankey and Sven Baszio

304 pages, 67 b/w photos

Indiana University Press

Hardback | Jun 2008 | #168269 | ISBN-13: 9780253349279
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Presents state-of-the-art essays on important topics and methods in the analysis of vertebrate microfossil assemblages. The minute remains of animals and plants have proven very useful to paleontologists as tools for dating large fossils, describing the environments which existed at the time the fossils were deposited, and identifying and mapping the extent of local floras and faunas, among other things. Due to the large sample sizes that can be obtained, the chance to recover rare taxa is much higher than it is during a search for skeletal remains. Analysis of the data produced from microvertebrate localities can address a wide range of questions as these papers clearly demonstrate.


Preface Sven Baszio, University of Bonn Part I. Importance of Microvertebrate Sites, Sampling, Statistical methods, and Taphonomy 1. Information from Microvertebrate Localities - Potentials and Limits / Sven Baszio, University of Bonn; 2. Vertebrate Microsite Sampling: How Much is Enough? / Heather A. Jamniczky, University of Calgary, Donald B. Brinkman, Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology & Anthony P. Russell, University of Calgary; 3. Taphonomic Issues Relating to Concentrations of Pedogenic Nodules and; Vertebrates in the Paleocene and Miocene Gulf Coastal Plain: Examples from Texas and Louisiana / Judith A. Schiebout & Paul D. White, Louisiana State University Part II. Guild Analysis, Ecological and Faunal Analyses, Biodiversity, and Paleobiogeogaphy 4. The Structure of Late Cretaceous (late Campanian) Non-marine Aquatic; Communities: A Guild Analysis of Two Vertebrate Microfossil Localities in Dinosaur Provincial Park, Alberta / Donald Brinkman, Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology; 5. Vertebrate Paleoecology from Microsites, Upper Aguja Formation (Late Cretaceous), Big Bend National Park, Texas / Julia T. Sankey, California State University, Stanislaus; 6. Terrestrial and Aquatic Vertebrate Paleocommunities of the Mesaverde Formation (Upper Cretaceous, Campanian) of the Wind River and Bighorn Basins, Wyoming / David DeMar and Brent Breithaupt, University of Wyoming, Laramie; 7. Microwear Patterns on Teeth of Sauropods and Their Paleobiological Interpretation / Tony Fiorillo, Dallas Museum of Natural History; 8. Diversity of Latest Cretaceous (Late Maastrichtian) Small Theropods and Birds: Teeth from the Lance and Hell Creek Formations / Julia T. Sankey, California State University, Stanislaus; 9. Small Theropod Teeth from the Lance Formation of Wyoming / Nick Longrich, University of Calgary, Alberta; 10. The First Serrated Bird Tooth / Philip J. Currie, University of Alberta & Clive Coy, Aquila Books; 11. First Dinosaur Eggshells from Texas: Aguja Formation (Late Campanian), Big Bend National Park / Ed Welsh, Museum of Geology, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology & Julia Sankey, California State University, Stanislaus; 12. Review of the Albanerpetontidae (Lissamphibia), with Comments on the Paleoecological Preferences of European Tertiary Albanerpetontids / Jim Gardner, Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology & Madelaine Bohme, University of Munich; 13. Frogs of the Hell Creek Formation / Jim Gardner, Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology

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