The Trace-Fossil Record of Major Evolutionary Events: Volume 2: Mesozoic and Cenozoic by M. Gabriela MánganoThe Trace-Fossil Record of Major Evolutionary Events: Volume 2: Mesozoic and Cenozoic by M. Gabriela Mángano

The Trace-Fossil Record of Major Evolutionary Events: Volume 2: Mesozoic and Cenozoic

byM. Gabriela MánganoEditorLuis A. Buatois

Hardcover | November 28, 2016

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This volume addresses major evolutionary changes that took place during the Mesozoic and the Cenozoic. These include discussions on major evolutionary radiations and ecological innovations on land and at sea, such as the Mesozoic marine revolution, the  Mesozoic radiation of vertebrates, the Mesozoic lacustrine revolution, the Cenozoic radiation of mammals, the evolution of paleosol biotas, and the evolution of hominins. The roles of mass extinctions at the end of the Triassic and at the end of the Cretaceous are assessed.


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.

Gabriela Mángano got her PhD at the University of Buenos Aires. Since 2004, she is with the University of Saskatchewan (Canada), where she is a Professor. Gabriela's research interests are in the field of animal substrate interactions (Ichnology) and their significance in evolutionary paleoecology. During the last years, she has been p...
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Title:The Trace-Fossil Record of Major Evolutionary Events: Volume 2: Mesozoic and CenozoicFormat:HardcoverDimensions:485 pagesPublished:November 28, 2016Publisher:Springer-Verlag/Sci-Tech/TradeLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:9401795967

ISBN - 13:9789401795968

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1. The end-Triassic mass extinction.- 2. The Mesozoic marine revolution.- 3. The Mesozoic vertebrate radiation.- 4. The Mesozoic lacustrine revolution.- 5. The end-Cretaceous mass extinction.- 6. The Phanerozoic four revolutions and the evolution of paleosol ichnofacies.- 7. The Cenozoic evolution of mammals.- 8.  The evolution of hominids.- 9. Recurrent patterns and processes: The macroevolutionary significance of ichnology.