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Back to the future

in Fossils

Published in print October 2005 | ISBN: 9780192805041
Published online September 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191776090 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/actrade/9780192805041.003.0010

Series: Very Short Introductions

Back to the future

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‘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 extinctions and mass diversifications of organisms can be expected. New fossils may help to fill gaps in the history of life, but may also define new gaps. Some of the potential puzzles for our successors in trying to work out the global distribution of animals and plants and the concentration of high levels of iron, aluminium, glass, and radioactive materials in sediments are also highlighted.

Keywords: concentration; diversity; glass; global; high; iron; palaeontology; Phanerozoic

Chapter.  1686 words. 

Subjects: Palaeontology

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