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  • ISBN: 9780226041551
  • ISBN10: 0226041557

Terrestrial Ecosystems Through Time Evolutionary Paleocology of Terrestrial Plants and Animals

by Anna K. Behrensmeyer

  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
  • Publish date: 08/01/1992
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List of Tables and Figures Preface List of Conference Participants 1. Evolutionary Paleoecology 1. Introduction 2. The Methods of Evolutionary Paleoecology 2.1. Taphonomy 2.2. Ecological Characterization of Extinct Species 2.3. Ecological Characterization of Past Communities: Synchronic Features 2.4. Ecological Characterization of Past Communities: Diachronic Features 3. Conclusion References 2. Paleoenvironmental Contexts and Taphonomic Modes 1. Introduction 2. Coastal Environments 2.1. Offshore 2.2. Beaches 2.3. Lagoons and Other Back-Barrier Settings 2.4. Estuaries 3. Fluvial and Deltaic Environments 3.1. Channels: Basal Lags and Bars 3.2. Abandoned Channel Fills 3.3. Levees 3.4. Floodplains 3.5. Crevasse Splays 3.6. Interdistributary Bays 4. Lacustrine Environments 4.1. Oxygen-Depleted Large Lakes 4.2. Oxygen-Depleted Small, Deep Lakes 4.3. Oxygen-Depleted Small, Shallow Lakes 4.4. Oxygenated Large Lakes 4.5. Oxygenated Small Lakes 5. Volcanigenic Environments 5.1. Explosive Events 5.2. Primary Airfall 5.3. Lacustrine Volcaniclastics 6. Eolian Environments 6.1. Dunes and Interdunes 6.2. Loess 7. Other Contexts for Organic Preservation 7.1. Traps 7.2. Burrows 7.3. Feces and Regurgitates 7.4. Middens 7.5. Archeological Accumulations 7.6. Springs 7.7. Peat-Forming Environments 7.8. Charcoal Deposits 7.9. Mud Slides and Flash Floods 8. Time and Space Resolution in the Fossil Record 8.1. Time Resolution and Completeness 8.2. Methods for Assessing Time Resolution 8.3. Spatial Resolution 8.4. Resolution in the Taphonomic Modes 9. Change through Time in the Taphonomic Modes 9.1. Effects of Area 9.2. Consequence of Environmental Change 9.3. Changes in Taphonomic Processes 10. Conclusion References 3. Ecological Characteristics of Fossil Plants 1. Introduction 2. Autecology of Extinct Plants 2.1. Inferring Autecology from Functional Morphology 2.2. Inferring Autecology from Living Relatives 2.3. Inferring Autecology from Sedimentary Environment 3. Methods of Sampling and Analysis at the Community Level 3.1. Sampling Compression-Impression Assemblages 3.2. Sampling Permineralized Peats 3.3. Sampling Microfossils 3.4. Taphonomy and Effective Sampling Radius 3.5. Analytical Methods 4. Synecology of Extinct Vegetation 4.1. Synchronic Features of Extinct Vegetation 5. Comparison of Communities across Time 5.1. Ecological Interpretation of Morphology at the Community Level 5.2. Ecological Categories 6. Conclusion References 4. Taxon-Free Characterization of Animal Communities 1. Introduction: Taxon-Free Characterizations 2. One Approach to Taxon-Free Characterization 2.1. Ecomorphology and Ecological Types 2.2. Functional Morphology and Autecological Inference 2.3. Continuous versus Category Variables 2.4. A Basic Set of Ecological Variables and Categories 2.5. Analyses Using Ecological Types 3. Complementary Approaches and Higher-Level Inferences References 5. Paleozoic Terrestrial Ecosystems 1. Introduction 2. The Ordovician 3. The Silurian 4. The Early to Middle Devonian 4.1. Plants 4.2. Animals 4.3. Synthesis 5. The Late Devonian to Early Carboniferous 5.1. Plants 5.2. Animals 5.3. Synthesis 6. The Late Carboniferous: Westphalian and Stephanian 6.1. Plants 6.2. Invertebrates 6.3. Vertebrates 6.4. Synthesis 7. The Permian 7.1. Plants 7.2. Arthropods 7.3. Vertebrates 7.4. Synthesis 8. Paleozoic Summary and Discussion 8.1. Ecosystem Stability and Persistence 8.2. Conclusions References 6. Mesozoic and Early Cenozoic Terrestrial Ecosystems 1. Introduction 2. Triassic Biotas 2.1. Triassic Vegetation of Laurasia 2.2. Triassic Vegetation o
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