An Outline of Phanerozoic Biogeography

Paperback | December 1, 1994

byAnthony Hallam

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Palaves biogeographic research over the last twenty years or so has been galvarized by the general acceptance of plate tectonics and, hence, of the orrurrence of continental drift. This study, written by an internationally respected author of palaeontological books from student toprofessional levels, is the first to synthesize this research. The introductory chapters deal with the historical background, the major factors influencing the distribution of organisms, methods of biogeographic analysis, and the major events of the Phanerozoic. These are followed by concise reviews of the changing terrestrial and marine biogeographicpatterns, as indicated by the fossil record, over successive eras, and an attempt to explain the patterns observed. The comprehensive bibliography provided allows readers to follow up material in greater depth. the book is a concise overview of a large body of material, presented in a manner that will be accessible to students and teachers of palaeontology who are interested in biogeography, to geologists who need to know more about the use of fossils in tectonic reconstructions, and to biologistsrequiring historical insights into the distributions of living organisms.

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Palaves biogeographic research over the last twenty years or so has been galvarized by the general acceptance of plate tectonics and, hence, of the orrurrence of continental drift. This study, written by an internationally respected author of palaeontological books from student toprofessional levels, is the first to synthesize this re...

Anthony Hallam is at University of Birmingham.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:254 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.59 inPublished:December 1, 1994Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198540604

ISBN - 13:9780198540601

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Major factors influencing the distribution of organisms3. Methods of biogeographic analysis4. Major temporal changes through the Phanerozoic5. Early Palaeozoic6. Late Paleozoic7. Early Mesozoic8. Late Mesozoic9. Palaeogene10. NeogeneAppendix: The Phanerozoic time scaleBibliographyIndex

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`I enjoyed reading it and found it a useful, low-cost guide to the subject. I am sure that there will be many people preparing Earth History courses who will find this book a valuable review. This is a great book for undergraduates to delve into and is well worth having on your shelf andshould be a must for any university Library.'Peter A. Allison, University of Reading, Palaeontology Newsletter, No. 29, Winter 1996