Origin and Early Evolution of Predators

The Ecotone Model and Early Evidence for Macropredation
  • Mark A. S. Mcmenamin
Part of the Topics in Geobiology book series (TGBI, volume 20)


Our current knowledge on the origin and early evolution of large predators is summarized by Simon Conway Morris (1999, 153–154) as follows:

...for many years it was claimed that Cambrian marine communities were almost entirely free of predators… the seas were [thought to be] full of suspension-feeders gently swaying in the sea water and deposit feeders calmly digging their way through the sediment. This view is now seen to be far too idyllic, but the story of the rise of predators is still quite tentative. It does appear, however, that in contrast to Cambrian communities those of the Ediacaran were largely free of predators.


Lower Cambrian Trace Fossil Message Delivery Large Predator Prey Organism 
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  • Mark A. S. Mcmenamin
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  1. 1.Department of Earth and EnvironmentMount Holyoke CollegeSouth HadleyUSA

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