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The palaeobiogeography of fossil organisms is used to generate hypotheses on continental drifting, past migration routes, palaeobiodiversity gradients, geographic barriers, palaeoclimatic and palaeooceanographic conditions. This text is aimed at students and researchers of geology and palaeontology who wish to gain an understanding of palaeobiogeography, but will also be of interest to marine biologists concerned with the biogeographic aspects of palaeontology and evolution.
INTRODUCTIONProcesses of Speciation and BiogeographyBiogeography: Neo-and PalaeobiographyThe Aims of PalaeobiographyThe Different BiogeographiesGENERAL BIOGEOGRAPHICAL CONCEPTSThe Main Distributional PatternsThe Three Main Categories of Biogeographical ProcessesCLASSICAL THEORETICAL MODELS: DISPERSAL AND VARIANCEBarriers and FiltersThe Dispersal Model and the "Centre of Origin"PanbiogeographyThe Variance ModelCentres of Origin in PalaeobiogeographyBIOGEOGRAPHIC ANALYSES AND BIOGEOGRAPHICAL CLASSIFICATIONRationalesLimits and Constraints of PaleobiogeographyDefinition of Biogeographic Units: Qualitative CriteriaQuantitative Criteria (Phenetics)Are Biotic Provinces Objective?ANALYTICAL METHODS OF HISTORICAL PALAEOBIOGEOGRAPHYThe Method of Cladistics BiogeographyBrook's Parsimony Analysis (BPA)Parsimony Analysis of Endemicity (PAE)Retrovicariance BiogeographyLARVAL BIOGEOGRAPHYTypes of Larval DevelopmentLarval Development in Some Groups of Marine InvertebratesRates of DispersionPalaeocurrentsLarval Development and Evolutionary ImplicationsPALAEOBIODIVERSITY AND PALAEOBIOGEOGRAPHYBiodiversity in PalaeontologyCommunities and GuildsBiogeographical Patterns of BiodiversityEquilibrium Theory and Species-Area RelationshipsAre Extinctions Related to Sea-Level Falls? The Biogeography of Mass ExtinctionsDisturbance Events and Deviations from Specie-Area PredictionsPALAEOGEOGRAPHY AND PALAEOGEOGRAPHIC RECONSTRUCTIONSGeological AssemblagesMarine Corridors and RoutesThe Problem of the TerranesLongitudinal Patterns: Newton's Model of Pantropical FaunasIndex