The Trace-Fossil Record of Major Evolutionary Events: Volume 1: Precambrian and Paleozoic by M. Gabriela MánganoThe Trace-Fossil Record of Major Evolutionary Events: Volume 1: Precambrian and Paleozoic by M. Gabriela Mángano

The Trace-Fossil Record of Major Evolutionary Events: Volume 1: Precambrian and Paleozoic

byM. Gabriela MánganoEditorLuis A. Buatois

Hardcover | November 23, 2016

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This volume addresses major evolutionary changes that took place during the Ediacaran and the Paleozoic. These include discussions on the nature of Ediacaran ecosystems, as well as the ichnologic signature of evolutionary radiations, such as the Cambrian explosion and the Great Ordovician biodiversification event, the invasion of the land, and the end-Permian mass extinction.

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 1: Precambrian and PaleozoicFormat:HardcoverDimensions:358 pagesPublished:November 23, 2016Publisher:Springer-Verlag/Sci-Tech/TradeLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:9401795991

ISBN - 13:9789401795999

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Table of Contents

1. The conceptual and methodological tools of ichnology.- 2. Ediacaran ecosystems and the dawn of animals.- 3. The Cambrian explosion.- 4. The Great Ordovician Biodiversification event.- 5. The prelude to terrestrial invasion.- 6. The establishment of continental ecosystems.- 7. The end-Permian mass extinction.