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A “Natural History of Data”: The Rise of Taxic Paleobiology

David Sepkoski.

in Rereading the Fossil Record

April 2012; p ublished online February 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Palaeontology. 17667 words.

This chapter explores the taxic approach as a dominant perspective in paleobiology, and its contribution to the solidification of what came to be known as the Chicago School of analytical...

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Advances in the Biochronology and Biostratigraphy of the Continental Neogene of Myanmar

Olivier Chavasseau, Aung Aung Khyaw, Yaowalak Chaimanee, Pauline Coster, Edouard-Georges Emonet, Aung Naing Soe, Mana Rugbumrung, Soe Thura Tun and Jean-Jacques Jaeger.

in Fossil Mammals of Asia

May 2013; p ublished online November 2015 .

Chapter. Subjects: Palaeontology. 7888 words.

This chapter reviews advances in the biochronology and biostratigraphy of the continental Neogene of Myanmar. The Indian Subcontinent possesses a very good Neogene record in the Siwaliks of...

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Against the odds

in Fossils

October 2005; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Palaeontology. 5530 words.

‘Against the odds’ describes the processes and conditions of fossil formation, the study of which is termed taphonomy. Fossils represent a tiny fraction of the diversity of life that has...

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Analysis of Growth Rates

Lee Andrew H., Huttenlocker Adam K., Padian Kevin and Woodward Holly N..

in Bone Histology of Fossil Tetrapods

March 2013; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Palaeontology. 14447 words.

This chapter discusses the advantages and disadvantages of various types of growth measurements including mass, length, time, and osteohistological texture. It explains the intensity of...

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Back to the future

in Fossils

October 2005; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Palaeontology. 1686 words.

‘Back to the future’ considers what lies ahead for palaeontology. Improved estimates of the course of diversity change through the Phanerozoic and refined knowledge of the causes of mass...

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Beyond Detective Work: Empirical Testing in Paleontology

Derek Turner.

in The Paleobiological Revolution

June 2009; p ublished online February 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Palaeontology. 6126 words.

This chapter investigates whether paleontology, as a historical science, can perform experiments, and whether paleobiological experiments are like experiments in other scientific...

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The biggest mass extinction

in The History of Life

November 2008; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Palaeontology; Biological Sciences. 5497 words.

‘The biggest mass extinction’ discusses the biggest of the five mass extinctions — the end-Permian mass extinction 251 million years ago when up to 96 per cent of species died out....

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Biogeography and Evolution in the Early Paleozoic

Richard A. Fortey.

in The Paleobiological Revolution

June 2009; p ublished online February 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Palaeontology. 4954 words.

This chapter examines the distribution and evolution of marine life in the early Paleozoic. It discusses the pioneering work of Alfred Russel Wallace who recognized the differences in...

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The Biology of Bone

Adam K. Huttenlocker, Holly N. Woodward and Brian K. Hall.

in Bone Histology of Fossil Tetrapods

March 2013; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Palaeontology. 7593 words.

This chapter examines the biology of bone, covering the hierarchical structure of bone; osteogenesis and modes of ossification; and the early evolution of vertebrate bone tissue-types.

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Bone Histology of Fossil Tetrapods

Edited by Kevin Padian and Ellen-Therese Lamm.

March 2013; p ublished online September 2013 .

Book. Subjects: Palaeontology. 298 pages.

The microscopic examination of fossilized bone tissue is a sophisticated and increasingly important analytical tool for understanding the life history of ancient organisms. This book...

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