Taphonomic Feedback Ecological Consequences of Shell Accumulation

  • Susan M. Kidwell
  • David Jablonski
Part of the Topics in Geobiology book series (TGBI, volume 3)


Sequential changes in benthic community composition have frequently been attributed by marine ecologists and paleontologists to autogenic ecologic succession in the classical sense: a biotically driven process leading to the establishment of a stable climax or mature community (Margalef, 1968; Odum, 1969). In recent years, however, the concepts of deterministic autogenic succession have been modified and supplemented by a greater recognition of the roles of stochastic colonization and of biogenic and physical disturbance in structuring ecological communities in time and space (Colinvaux, 1973; Drury and Nisbet, 1973; Sutherland, 1974, 1981; Horn, 1974, 1976; Connell and Slayter, 1977; Connell, 1978; Lubchenco, 1978; Sousa, 1979a, 1980; White, 1979; Paine and Levin, 1981). Paleontologists have also begun to adopt a more critical approach, recognizing the many processes, both biotic and abiotic, that serve as driving mechanisms for sequential faunal changes.


Continental Shelf Benthic Community Trace Fossil Hermit Crab Faunal Change 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Susan M. Kidwell
    • 1
  • David Jablonski
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of GeosciencesUniversity of ArizonaTucsonUSA
  2. 2.Department of Ecology and Evolutionary BiologyUniversity of ArizonaTucsonUSA

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