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Palaeobiology of Middle Paleozoic Marine Brachiopods

A Case Study of Extinct Organisms in Classical Paleontology


Part of the SpringerBriefs in Earth Sciences book series (BRIEFSEARTH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Rituparna Bose
    Pages 1-10
  3. Rituparna Bose
    Pages 11-16
  4. Rituparna Bose
    Pages 17-28
  5. Rituparna Bose
    Pages 29-40
  6. Rituparna Bose
    Pages 41-42
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 43-53

About this book


Fossil species appear to persist morphologically unchanged for long intervals of geologic time, punctuated by short bursts of rapid change as explained by the Ecological Evolutionary Units (EEUs). Here, morphological variation in Paleozoic atrypide morphology at the subfamily level (Atrypinae and Variatrypinae) from the Silurian and Devonian time intervals in the third Paleozoic EEU (~444-359 my) were investigated using relatively new techniques of quantitative modeling. The study explains how a group of closely related taxa in atrypide subfamilies exhibit morphological conservation through time in P3 EEU within the Eastern North America region.


Biodiversity of Extinct Organisms Conservation Biology Encrustation Versus Morphological Shape Evolutionary Biology Geometric Morphometrics Middle Paleozoic Marine Brachiopods Paleobiology Paleozoic Atrypide Morphology

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.City University of New YorkNew YorkUSA

About the authors

Dr. Rituparna Bose obtained her Ph.D. from Indiana University, Bloomington. For her outstanding Ph.D. dissertation she was rewarded with a Springer Theses Prize. She is currently an adjunct Assistant Professor at the City University of New York and has been interviewed as an expert in the field of biodiversity by the Times of India (leading news daily in her home country). She has won numerous awards in her career including the nationally recognized Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Grant awarded by the American Museum of Natural History.

She has been recently invited to serve as an Editor for Acta Palaeontologica Sinica by the Chinese Academy of Sciences. She is the Associate Editor-in-Chief for the International Journal of Environmental Protection and the Associate Editor for the Journal of Geography and Geology at the Canadian Center of Science. She also serves on the editorial board of some of the most prestigious journals in geology including Historical Biology: An International Journal of Palaeobiology (Taylor and Francis), Bulletins of American Paleontology (Paleontological Research Institute, Cornell University), Springer Plus (Earth and Environmental Science) and Geological Journal (Wiley).

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Palaeobiology of Middle Paleozoic Marine Brachiopods
  • Book Subtitle A Case Study of Extinct Organisms in Classical Paleontology
  • Authors Rituparna Bose
  • Series Title SpringerBriefs in Earth Sciences
  • Series Abbreviated Title SpringerBriefs in Earth Sciences
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Author(s) 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science Earth and Environmental Science (R0)
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-00193-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-00194-4
  • Series ISSN 2191-5369
  • Series E-ISSN 2191-5377
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIV, 53
  • Number of Illustrations 13 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Paleontology
    Conservation Biology/Ecology
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