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Evolutionary Paleoecology The Ecological Context of Macroevolutionary Change

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ISBN-10: 0231109954

ISBN-13: 9780231109956

Edition: 2001

Authors: Warren D. Allmon, David J. Bottjer

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One of the most important questions we can ask about life is "Does ecology matter?" Most biologists and paleontologists are trained to answer "yes," but the exact mechanisms by which ecology matters in the context of patterns that play out over millions of years have never been entirely clear. This book examines these mechanisms and looks at how ancient environments affected evolution, focusing on long-term macroevolutionary changes as seen in the fossil record. Evolutionary paleoecology is not a new discipline. Beginning with Darwin, researchers have attempted to understand how the environment has affected evolutionary history. But as we learn more about these patterns, the search for a…    
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Book details

Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 2/14/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Warren D. Allmon is director of the Paleontological Research Institution in Ithaca, New York, and adjunct associate professor in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Cornell University. He is coeditor of Causes of Evolution: A Paleontological Perspective.David J. Bottjer is professor of earth sciences at the University of Southern California and the editor (with Richard K. Bambach) of two Columbia University Press book series: Critical Moments in Paleobiology and Earth History and Perspectives in Paleobiology and Earth History. He has also been editor of the journal Palaiosand currently is one of the editors of the journal Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology.

List of Contributors
Evolutionary Paleoecology: The Maturation of a Discipline
Scaling Is Everything: Brief Comments on Evolutionary Paleoecology
What's in a Name? Ecologic Entities and the Marine Paleoecologic Record
The Ecological Architecture of Major Events in the Phanerozoic History of Marine Invertebrate Life
Stability in Ecological and Paleoecological Systems: Variability at Both Short and Long Timescales
Applying Molecular Phylogeography to Test Paleoecological Hypotheses: A Case Study Involving Amblema plicata (Mollusca: Unionidae)
Nutrients and Evolution in the Marine Realm
The Role of Ecological Interactions in the Evolution of Naticid Gastropods and Their Molluscan Prey
Evolutionary Paleoecology of Caribbean Coral Reefs
Rates and Processes of Terrestrial Nutrient Cycling in the Paleozoic: The World Before Beetles, Termites, and Flies
Ecological Sorting of Vascular Plant Classes During the Paleozoic Evolutionary Radiation
Author Index
Subject Index