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Introduction

Mark E. Patzkowsky and Steven M. Holland

in Stratigraphic Paleobiology

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780226649375
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226649399 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226649399.003.0001
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Stratigraphic paleobiology is built on the premise that the distribution of fossil taxa in time and space is controlled not only by processes of evolution, ecology, and environmental change, but also by the stratigraphic processes that govern where and when sediment that might contain fossils is deposited and preserved. It is rooted in traditional biostratigraphic methods of carefully collecting fossils from measured stratigraphic sections. Documenting the tempo and mode of evolutionary change was the central role of paleontology in the Modern Synthesis. Human backgrounds are dominated by studies of marine invertebrates from shallow Early Paleozoic seas, especially those from carbonate and mixed carbonate-siliciclastic settings. This book necessarily reflects all the experiences, although other systems which have less experience, such as terrestrial plants and vertebrates, are also referred to.

Keywords: stratigraphic paleobiology; fossil taxa; stratigraphic processes; biostratigraphic methods; Modern Synthesis; Early Paleozoic

Chapter.  3533 words. 

Subjects: Palaeontology

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