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About this book
About this book
Examines how ancient environments affected evolution, focusing on the environmental and ecological context of long-term macroevolutionary changes as seen in the fossil record.
1. Evolutionary Paleoecology: The Maturation of a Discipline, by Warren D. Allmon and David J. Bottjer2. Scaling Is Everything: Brief Comments on Evolutionary Paleoecology, by James W. Valentine3. What's in a Name? Ecologic Entities and the Marine Paleoecologic Record, by William Miller III4. The Ecological Architecture of Major Events in the Phanerozoic History of Marine Invertebrate Life, by David J. Bottjer, Mary L. Drosser, Peter M. Sheehan, and George R. McGhee Jr.5. Stability in Ecological and Paleoecological Systems: Variability at Both Short and Long Timescales, by Carol M. Tang6. Applying Molecular Phylogeography to Test Paleoecological Hypotheses: A Case Involving Amblema plicata (Mollusca: Unionidae), by Bruce S. Lieberman7. Nutrients and Evolution in the Marine Realm, by Warren D. Allmon and Robert M. Ross8. The Role of Ecological Interactions in the Evolution of Naticid Gastropods and Their Molluscan Prey, by Patricia H. Kelley and Thor A. Hansen9. Evolutionary Paleoecology of Caribbean Coral Reefs, by Richard B. Aronson and William F. Precht10. Rates and Processes of Terrestrial Nutrient Cycling in the Paleozoic: The World Before Beetles, Termites, and Flies, by Anne Raymond, Paul Cutlip, and Merrill Sweet11. Ecological Sorting of Vasular Plant Classes During the Paleozoic Evolutionary Radiation, by William A. DiMichele, William E. Stein, and Riachard. M. Bateman
Warren D. Allmon is director of the Paleontological Research Institution in Ithaca, New York, and adjunct associate professor in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Cornell University. He is coeditor of Causes of Evolution: A Paleontological Perspective.David J. Bottjer is professor of earth sciences at the University of Southern California and the editor (with Richard K. Bambach) of two Columbia University Press book series: Critical Moments in Paleobiology and Earth History and Perspectives in Paleobiology and Earth History. He has also been editor of the journal Palaios and currently is one of the editors of the journal Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology.
357 pages, B/w plates, figs, tabs
With an in-depth look at how ancient environments affected evolution, this book focuses in on the long-term macro-evolutionary changes revealed through fossil records. Beginning with the initial research studies of Charles Darwin, biologists, paleontologists, researchers, and students are attempting to grasp the underlying concepts of how the mechanisms by which ecological patterns and evolutionary processes work. Southeastern Naturalist The overall discussion if far reaching...