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The Great Ordovician Biodiversification Event

Series: Critical Moments and Perspectives in Earth History and Paleobiology Series

Edited By: Barry D Webby, Florentin Paris and Mary L Droser

408 pages, 140 illus

Columbia University Press

Hardback | Dec 2004 | #138366 | ISBN: 0231126786
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During the 46 million year Ordovician Period (489-443 m.y.a), a remarkable array of adaptive radiations of "Paleozoic - and Modern-type" biotas appeared in marine habitats, the first animals (arthropods) walked on land, and the first nonvascular bryophyte-like plants colonized the land. This is the first book devoted specifically to establishing the global patterns of differentiation of Ordovician biotas through time and space. It provides extensive genus- and species-level diversity data for the many Ordovician fossil groups and presents an evaluation of how each group diversified, with assessments of patterns of diversity change, and rates of origination and extinction.

Webby and his dedicated cohorts are to be congratulated for producing this admirable and insightful stockade...The book stands as an indespensible reference...and will likely remain so for years to come. -- Geoffrey Playford, American Association of Stratigraphic Polynologists "Webby and his dedicated cohorts are to be congratulated for producing this admirable and insightful stocktake...The book stands as an indispensable reference." -- Geoffrey Playford, American Association of Stratigraphic Polynologists Newsletter "I would recommend it to anyone who seeks a deeper insight into the events that shaped the earliest truly diverse animal communities hosted by our planet." -- Lynne M. Clos, Bone Bug Journal "The book is well produced and will provide a valuable source... as it should, considering the expertise of the contributors. It should be on the shelves of all geological libraries." -- Adrian Rushton, Geological Magazine "An excellent summary of the Ordovician as we know it." -- Stephen K. Donovan


Scaling Of Ordovician Time, And Measures For Assessing Biodiversity ChangeIntroduction, by Barry D. Webby and Florentin ParisConspectus Of The Ordovician WorldStratigraphic Framework and Time Slices, by Barry D. Webby, Roger A. Cooper, Stig M. Bergstr m and Florentin ParisTaxonomic GroupsCalibration of the Ordovician Time Scale, by Peter M. Sadler and Roger A. CooperAspects Of The Ordovician RadiationMeasures of Biodiversity, by Roger A. CooperMajor Terranes in the Ordovician, by L. Robin M. Cocks and Trond H. TorsvikIsotopic Signatures, by Graham A. Shields and J*n VeizerOrdovician Oceans and Climate, by Christopher R. BarnesWas there an Ordovician Superplume Event?, by Christopher R. BarnesEnd-Ordovician Glaciation, by Patrick J. BrenchleySea-level Changes - a Baltoscandian Perspective, by Arne Thorsh # j NielsonRadiolarians, by Paula J. Noble and Taniel DanelianSponges, by Marcelo Carrera and J. Keith RigbyStromatoporoids, by Barry D. WebbyConulariids, by Heyo Van Iten and Zdenka Brabcov*Corals, by Barry D. Webby, Robert J. Elias, Graham A. Young, Bj rn E.E. Neuman and Dimitri Bryozoans, by Paul D Taylor and Andrej ErnstBrachiopods, by David A.T. Harper, L. Robin M. Cocks, Leonid E. Popov, Peter M. Sheehan, MichaelPolyplacophoran and Symmetrical Univalve Molluscs, by Lesley Cherns, David M. Rohr and JirI FrydaGastropods, by JirI Fryda and David M. RohrRostroconch and Bivalve Molluscs, by John C.W. CopeNautiloid Cephalopods, by Robert C. Frey, Matilde S. Beresi, David H. Evans, Alan H. King and Ian G. PerciTube-Shaped Incertae Sedis, by John M. Malinky, Mark A. Wilson, Lars E. Holmer and Hubert LardeuxWorms, Worm-like and Sclerite-bearing Taxa, by Olle Hints, Mats Eriksson, Anette E.S. H gstr m, Petr Kraft and Oliver LehnertTrilobites, by Jonathan M. Adrain, Gregory D. Edgecombe, Richard A. Fortey, yyvind Hammer, JohnEurypterids, Phyllocarids and Ostracodes, by Simon J. Braddy, Victor P. Tollerton Jr., Patrick Racheboeuff, and Roger SchallrAsterozoan, Echinozoan, Blastozoan, Crinozoan and Homalozoan Echinoderms, by James Sprinkle and Thomas E. GuensburgGraptolites: Patterns of Diversity across Paleolatitudes, by Roger A. Cooper, J rg Maletz, Lindsey Taylor and Jan ZalasiewiczChitinozoans, by Florentin Paris, AOcha Achab, Esther Asselin, Xiao-hong Chen, Jaak NETHlvak, YngveConodonts: Lower-Middle Ordovician Record, by Guillermo L. Albanesi and Stig M. Bergstr mVertebrates (Agnathans and Gnathostomes), by Susan Turner, Alain Blieck and Godfrey S. NowlanReceptaculitids and Algae, by Matthew H. Nitecki, Barry D. Webby, Nils Spjeldnaes and Yong-yi ZhenAcritarchs, by Thomas Servais, Jun Li, Ludovic Stricanne, Marco Vecoli and Reed WicanderMiospores and the Emergence of Land Plants, by Phillippe Steemans and Charles WellmanThe Ichnologic Record of the Ordovician Radiation, by M. Gabriela M*ngano and Mary L. DroserThe Ordovician Radiation: Towards a New Global Synthesis, by Arnold I. Miller

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Barry D. Webby is a senior paleontologist at the Center for Ecostratigraphy & Paleobiology at Macquarie University, Sydney. Florentin Paris is a CNRS research director in geosciences at the University of Rennes, France. Mary L. Droser is a professor in the Department of Earth Science, University of California, Riverside. Ian G. Percival is chief paleontologist at the Geological Survey of New South Wales, Australia.

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