This book is devoted to an exploration of some of the emerging concepts and techniques used to develop greater insight into the early record of biologic diversification and the preservational record of that diversification during the Neoproterozoic-Cambrian transition.
* Addresses key issues related to the Cambrian diversification of multicellular animals
* Provocative new ideas about the factors involved in the exceptional preservation of fossils, with a balance between the development of ideas and hypothesis testing
* Broad coverage of topics related to the Cambrian diversification of animals and the fossil record of that diversification; broad geographic coverage
Interpretation of biological and environmental changes across the Neoproterozoic-Cambrian boundary: developing a refined understanding of the radiation and preservational record of early multicellular organisms.
Corumbella, an Ediacaran-grade organism from the Late Neoproterozoic of Brazil.
Trace fossil preservation and the early evolution of animals.
Fossilization modes in the Chengjiang Lagerstätte (Cambrian of China): testing the roles of organic preservation and diagenetic alteration in exceptional preservation.
Paleoecology of benthic metazoans in the Early Cambrian Maotianshan Shale biota and the Middle Cambrian Burgess Shale biota: evidence for the Cambrian substrate revolution.
Palaeoecology of the Early Cambrian Sinsk biota from the Siberian Platform.
Articulated sponges from the Lower Cambrian Hetang Formation in southern Anhui, South China: their age and implications for the early evolution of sponges.
Cambrian Sphenothallus from Guizhou Province, China: early sessile predators.
Lower Cambrian Burgess Shale-type fossil associations of South China.
The earliest occurrence of trilobites and brachiopods in the Cambrian of Laurentia.
Taphonomy and depositional circumstances of exceptionally preserved fossils from the Kinzers Formation (Cambrian), southeastern Pennsylvania.
A new hypothesis for organic preservation of Burgess Shale taxa in the middle Cambrian Wheeler Formation, House Range, Utah.
Alpha, beta, or gamma: Numerical view on the Early Cambrian world.