The Trace-Fossil Record of Major Evolutionary Events

Volume 1: Precambrian and Paleozoic

  • M. Gabriela Mángano
  • Luis A. Buatois

Part of the Topics in Geobiology book series (TGBI, volume 39)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Nicholas J. Minter, Luis A. Buatois, M. Gabriela Mángano
    Pages 1-26
  3. Luis A. Buatois, M. Gabriela Mángano
    Pages 27-72
  4. M. Gabriela Mángano, Luis A. Buatois
    Pages 73-126
  5. M. Gabriela Mángano, Luis A. Buatois, Mark Wilson, Mary Droser
    Pages 127-156
  6. Nicholas J. Minter, Luis A. Buatois, M. Gabriela Mángano, Robert B. MacNaughton, Neil S. Davies, Martin R. Gibling
    Pages 157-204
  7. Nicholas J. Minter, Luis A. Buatois, M. Gabriela Mángano, Neil S. Davies, Martin R. Gibling, Conrad Labandeira
    Pages 205-324
  8. Richard Hofmann
    Pages 325-349
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 351-358

About this book

Introduction

This volume addresses major evolutionary changes that took place during the Ediacaran and the Paleozoic. These include discussions on the nature of Ediacaran ecosystems, as well as the ichnologic signature of evolutionary radiations, such as the Cambrian explosion and the Great Ordovician biodiversification event, the invasion of the land, and the end-Permian mass extinction.

This volume set provides innovative reviews of the major evolutionary events in the history of life from an ichnologic perspective. Because the long temporal range of trace fossils has been commonly emphasized, biogenic structures have been traditionally overlooked in macroevolution. However, comparisons of ichnofaunas through geologic time do reveal the changing ecology of organism-substrate interactions. The use of trace fossils in evolutionary paleoecology represents a new trend that is opening a window for our understanding of major evolutionary radiations and mass extinctions. Trace fossils provide crucial evidence for the recognition of spatial and temporal patterns and processes associated with paleoecologic breakthroughs.

Keywords

Bioturbation Evolutionary paleoecology Ichnology Macroevolution Paleozoic Precambrian Trace fossils Mass extinctions Evolutionary radiations

Editors and affiliations

  • M. Gabriela Mángano
    • 1
  • Luis A. Buatois
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Geological SciencesUniversity of SaskatchewanSaskatoonCanada
  2. 2.Department of Geological SciencesUniversity of SaskatchewanSaskatoonCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-017-9600-2
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science
  • Print ISBN 978-94-017-9599-9
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-9600-2
  • Series Print ISSN 0275-0120
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