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Paleoecology. Past, Present and Future

  • ID: 3387083
  • Book
  • 232 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Paleoecology is a discipline that uses evidence from fossils to provide an understanding of ancient environments and the ecological history of life through geological time. This text covers the fundamental approaches that have provided the foundation for present paleoecological understanding, and outlines new research areas in paleoecology for managing future environmental and ecological change. Topics include the use of actualism in paleoecology, development of paleoecological models for paleoenvironmental reconstruction, taphonomy and exceptional fossil preservation, evolutionary paleoecology and ecological change through time, and conservation paleoecology. Data from studies of invertebrates, vertebrates, plants and microfossils, with added emphasis on bioturbation and microbial sedimentary structures, are discussed. Examples from marine and terrestrial environments are covered, with a particular focus on periods of great ecological change, such as the Precambrian–Cambrian transition and intervals of mass extinction.

Readership: This book is designed for advanced undergraduates and beginning graduate students in the earth and biological sciences, as well as researchers and applied scientists in a range of related disciplines.
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Chapter 1 Overview

Chapter 2 Deep Time and Actualism in Paleoecological Reconstruction

Chapter 3 Ecology, Paleoecology and Evolutionary Paleoecology

Chapter 4 Taphonomy

Chapter 5 Bioturbation and Trace Fossils

Chapter 6 Microbial Structures

Chapter 7 Across the Great Divide: Precambrian to Phanerozoic Paleoecology

Chapter 8 Phanerozoic Level Bottom Marine Environments

Chapter 9 Reefs, Shell Beds, Cold Seeps and Hydrothermal Vents

Chapter 10 Pelagic Ecosystems

Chapter 11Terrestrial Ecosystems

Chapter 12 Ecological Change Through Time

Chapter 13 Ecological Consequences of Mass Extinctions

Chapter 14 Conservation Paleoecology


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David J. Bottjer
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