Biogeography and Evolution in the Early Paleozoic

Richard A. Fortey

in The Paleobiological Revolution

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780226748610
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226748597 | DOI:
Biogeography and Evolution in the Early Paleozoic

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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 geographical and taxonomic distribution of organisms across the so-called Wallace's Line. This chapter also explains the lessons of recent studies of biogeography and biodiversity for paleobiology and stresses the need to continue the study of broad patterns and detailed empirical taxonomic work to solve problems in biogeography and evolution.

Keywords: marine life; early Paleozoic; Alfred Russel Wallace; geographical distribution; taxonomic distribution; Wallace Line; biogeography; biodiversity; paleobiology; evolution

Chapter.  4954 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Palaeontology

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