Dynamic Paleontology

Using Quantification and Other Tools to Decipher the History of Life

  • Mark A.S. McMenamin

Part of the Springer Geology book series (SPRINGERGEOL)

Table of contents

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  16. Back Matter
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About this book

Introduction

Using a series of case studies, the book demonstrates the power of dynamic analysis as applied to the fossil record. Written in an engaging and informative style, Dynamic Paleontology outlines the best application of quantitative and other tools to critical problems in the paleontological sciences including such topics as analysis of the Cambrian Explosion and the question regarding the presence of life on Mars. The book considers how we think about certain types questions and shows how we can refine our approach to analysis right from the beginning of any particular research effort. The analytical tools presented here will have wide application to other fields of knowledge; as such the book represents a major contribution to our deployment of modern scientific method.

Keywords

Analytical Science Cambrian Explosion Dynamic Analysis History of Life Life on Mars Paleontology Quantitative Methods Science Education

Authors and affiliations

  • Mark A.S. McMenamin
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  1. 1.Department of Geology and GeographyMount Holyoke CollegeSouth HadleyUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-22777-1
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-22776-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-22777-1
  • Series Print ISSN 2197-9545
  • Series Online ISSN 2197-9553
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