Evolutionary Paleoecology: The Ecological Context of Macroevolutionary Change by Warren Allmon

Evolutionary Paleoecology: The Ecological Context of Macroevolutionary Change

byWarren Allmon, David Bottjer

Kobo ebook | February 14, 2001

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One of the most important questions we can ask about life is "Does ecology matter?" Most biologists and paleontologists are trained to answer "yes," but the exact mechanisms by which ecology matters in the context of patterns that play out over millions of years have never been entirely clear. This book examines these mechanisms and looks at how ancient environments affected evolution, focusing on long-term macroevolutionary changes as seen in the fossil record.

Evolutionary paleoecology is not a new discipline. Beginning with Darwin, researchers have attempted to understand how the environment has affected evolutionary history. But as we learn more about these patterns, the search for a new synthetic view of the evolutionary process that integrates species evolution, ecology, and mass extinctions becomes ever more pressing. The present volume is a benchmark sampler of active research in this ever more active field.

Warren D. Allmon is director of the Paleontological Research Institution in Ithaca, New York, and adjunct associate professor in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Cornell University. He is coeditor of Causes of Evolution: A Paleontological Perspective.David J. Bottjer is professor of earth sciences at the University...
Title:Evolutionary Paleoecology: The Ecological Context of Macroevolutionary ChangeFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:February 14, 2001Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Evolutionary Paleoecology: The Maturation of a Discipline, by Warren D. Allmon and David J. Bottjer
2. Scaling Is Everything: Brief Comments on Evolutionary Paleoecology, by James W. Valentine
3. What's in a Name? Ecologic Entities and the Marine Paleoecologic Record, by William Miller III
4. The Ecological Architecture of Major Events in the Phanerozoic History of Marine Invertebrate Life, by David J. Bottjer, Mary L. Drosser, Peter M. Sheehan, and George R. McGhee Jr.
5. Stability in Ecological and Paleoecological Systems: Variability at Both Short and Long Timescales, by Carol M. Tang
6. Applying Molecular Phylogeography to Test Paleoecological Hypotheses: A Case Involving Amblema plicata (Mollusca: Unionidae), by Bruce S. Lieberman
7. Nutrients and Evolution in the Marine Realm, by Warren D. Allmon and Robert M. Ross
8. The Role of Ecological Interactions in the Evolution of Naticid Gastropods and Their Molluscan Prey, by Patricia H. Kelley and Thor A. Hansen
9. Evolutionary Paleoecology of Caribbean Coral Reefs, by Richard B. Aronson and William F. Precht
10. Rates and Processes of Terrestrial Nutrient Cycling in the Paleozoic: The World Before Beetles, Termites, and Flies, by Anne Raymond, Paul Cutlip, and Merrill Sweet
11. Ecological Sorting of Vasular Plant Classes During the Paleozoic Evolutionary Radiation, by William A. DiMichele, William E. Stein, and Richard M. Bateman

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