By D. E. G. Briggs

This precious reference paintings presents a special synthesis of the main fields of palaeobiology. released in collaboration with the Palaeontological organization, the e-book has drawn on a distinct foreign group of authors to supply an authoritative and updated sourcebook for the fashionable technological know-how of palaeobiology. all of the major options are sincerely mentioned and well-illustrated with an strategy really special from that of earlier books at the topic. The ebook demonstrates how palaeontological and palaeobiological reviews are on the center of a number of clinical topics starting from evolutionary biology, plate tectonics, to a right away use within the look for oil. Over a hundred and twenty concise and authoritative articles offer stories of significant subject matters of value during this box. This quantity isn't really meant as a scientific remedy of a few of the teams of fossil organisms - this can be lined in different books. This significant paintings will, besides the fact that, end up important as a sourcebook to the topic for researchers and scholars alike.

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5 ). The larger body size of the Vendian Metazoa may reflect an adaptation of prey animals to in­ creasing predation pressure. The first half of the Vendian was characterized by rapid speciation under the conditions of the vast postglacial trans­ gression of the sea. The fauna rapidly reached its characteristic diversity, and rates of phyletic evo­ lution decreased. This is reflected in the large sizes of populations and the absence of provincialism in many groups. The middle of the Vendian saw a mass extinction of many groups (Section 2 .

J . Aldridge (ed. ) Palaeobiology of conodonts, pp. 3547. Ellis Horwood, Chichester. Vacelet, J. 1985 . Coralline sponges and the evolution of the Porifera. In : S. Conway Morris, J . D . George, R. Gibson & H . M . Platt (eds) The origins and relationships of lower invertebrates. Systematics Association Special Volume 28, pp . 1-13. Oxford University Press, Oxford . 5 Late Precamb rian - Early Cambrian Metazoan Diversification S . C O N WA Y M O R R I S Introduction on pre-Ediacaran metazoans, much of it ques­ tionable .

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