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Growth and Diversification Patterns

Marcelo Sánchez

in Embryos in Deep Time

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780520271937
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520952300 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520271937.003.0006
Growth and Diversification Patterns

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Fossils potentially provide direct evidence on how changes in growth strategies may have affected diversification patterns in geologic time. New strategies may have allowed some species to exploit new ecological opportunities or contributed to their demise. This chapter discusses the following topics: ocean acidification in the past and today; major patterns of larval evolution in the oceans; climate change and mammalian developmental evolution; Jurassic sharks; survival and diversification in the early mammalian lineage; and islands as experiments in life history evolution.

Keywords: growth; diversification; fossils; ocean acidification; evolution; climate change; Jurassic sharks; mammals

Chapter.  5260 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Evolutionary Biology

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