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Biotic Response to Global Change The Last 145 Million Years

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ISBN-10: 0521034191

ISBN-13: 9780521034197

Edition: N/A

Authors: Stephen J. Culver, Peter F. Rawson

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From Cretaceous times to the present, the Earth's climate changed from a very warm, "greenhouse" phase with no ice sheets to the "ice-house" world of today. In this book over forty specialists investigate the many ways that life has reacted to the global environmental changes that have taken place during this period. Coverage details a wide spectrum of animal, plant, and protistan life, with the focus on aspects such as extinctions, diversity, and biogeography. This volume will be an invaluable reference for researchers and graduate students in paleontology, geology, biology, oceanography and climatology.
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Book details

List price: $60.00
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 12/14/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 516
Size: 7.75" wide x 9.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.046
Language: English

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List of contributors
Preface
Introduction
The Cretaceous world
The Cenozoic world
Calcareous nannoplankton and global climate change
Phenotypic response of foraminifera to episodes of global environmental change
The response of planktonic formanifera to the Late Pliocene intensification of Northern Hemisphere glaciation
The response of Cretaceous cephalopods to global change
Global change and the fossil fish record: the relevance of systematics
Response of shallow water foraminiferal paleocommunities to global and regional environmental change
Intrinsic and extrinsic controls on the diversification of the Bivalvia
Global events and biotic interaction as controls on the evolution of gastropods
Algal symbiosis, and the collapse and recovery of reef communities: Lazarus corals across the K-T boundary
Changes in the diversity, taxic composition and life-history patterns of echinoids over the past 145 million years
Origin of the modern bryozoan fauna
Angiosperm diversification and Cretaceous environmental change
Cenozoic evolution of modern plant communities and vegetation
Leaf physiognomy and climate change
Biotic response to Late Quaternary global change - the pollen record: a case study from the Upper Thames Valley, England
The Cretaceous and Cenozoic record of insects (Hexapoda) with regard to global change
The palaeoclimatological significance of Late Cenozoic Coleoptera: familiar species in very unfamiliar circumstances
Amphibians, reptiles and birds: a biogeographical review
Paleogene mammals: crises and ecological change
Response of Old World terrestrial vertebrate biotas to Neogene climate change
Mammalian response to global change in the later Quaternary of the British Isles
Human evolution: how an African primate became global
The biotic response to global change: a summary
References
Index