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Bringing fossils to life

Keith Thomson.

in Fossils

October 2005; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Palaeontology. 3110 words.

‘Bringing fossils to life’ llustrates one ambitious aim of palaeontology: to understand what the fossil organisms were like in life — to reconstruct their appearance, their mechanical and...

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Conclusion Paleontology at the High Table?

David Sepkoski.

in Rereading the Fossil Record

April 2012; p ublished online February 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Palaeontology. 3888 words.

This chapter provides conclusion to the effort made by paleontologists to place paleobiology at the high table of evolutionary biology. This might be resolved, for example by counting the...

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The Consensus That Changed the Paleobiological World

Arnold I. Miller.

in The Paleobiological Revolution

June 2009; p ublished online February 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Palaeontology. 7108 words.

This chapter presents an historical analysis of the publication and reception of the famous “Consensus Paper Radical” in 1981, in which five competing interpretations of global marine...

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Continental-Scale Patterns in Neogene Mammal Community Evolution and Biogeography

Majid Mirzaie Ataabadi, Li-Ping Liu, Jussi T. Eronen, Raymond L. Bernor and Mikael Fortelius.

in Fossil Mammals of Asia

May 2013; p ublished online November 2015 .

Chapter. Subjects: Palaeontology. 12522 words.

This chapter analyzes continental-scale patterns in the evolution and biogeography of Neogene land mammals from a Europe–Asia perspective. More specifically, it examines the spatial and...

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Contrasting Patterns of Speciation in Reef Corals and Their Relationship to Population Connectivity

Ann F. Budd and John M. Pandolfi.

in Species and Speciation in the Fossil Record

October 2016; p ublished online May 2017 .

Chapter. Subjects: Palaeontology. 7082 words.

The “species problem” is long-standing in studies of evolutionary patterns in scleractinian reef corals, in which it is frequently difficult to recognize species, due to high ecophenotypic...

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A cultural phenomenon

Keith Thomson.

in Fossils

October 2005; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Palaeontology. 4960 words.

‘A cultural phenomenon’ discusses the history of the understanding and explanation of fossils beginning with the work of English scientist Robert Hooke in the 17th century. His work...

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Darwin's Dilemma

David Sepkoski.

in Rereading the Fossil Record

April 2012; p ublished online February 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Palaeontology. 15778 words.

Paleontological and geological evidence played significantly important roles in establishing Charles Darwin's theory of evolution, which combined descent with modification. The historical...

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Database Standardization

Laura Wilson and Maria de Boef Miara.

in Bone Histology of Fossil Tetrapods

March 2013; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Palaeontology. 5654 words.

The ultimate goals of expanding databases for histologic specimens and their images are to (1) archive important specimen information; (2) facilitate collaboration; and (3) avoid...

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Dinosaur renaissance

David Norman.

in Dinosaurs

July 2005; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Palaeontology. 2932 words.

‘Dinosaur renaissance’ charts the revolutionary discoveries of John Ostrom and Robert Bakker. Ostrom adopted a forensic approach to his discovery of Deinonychus (terrible claw). This...

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Dinosaur research: observation and deduction

David Norman.

in Dinosaurs

July 2005; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Palaeontology. 7327 words.

‘Dinosaur research’ outlines some of the techniques used to study dinosaurs. Ichnology (footprint analysis) provides valuable insights living dinosaur behaviour, ranging from how they...

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