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Mesozoic marine tetrapod diversity: mass extinctions and temporal heterogeneity in geological megabiases affecting vertebrates.

Abstract:

The fossil record is our only direct means for evaluating shifts in biodiversity through Earth's history. However, analyses of fossil marine invertebrates have demonstrated that geological megabiases profoundly influence fossil preservation and discovery, obscuring true diversity signals. Comparable studies of vertebrate palaeodiversity patterns remain in their infancy. A new species-level dataset of Mesozoic marine tetrapod occurrences was compared with a proxy for temporal variation in the ...

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Publisher copy:
10.1098/rspb.2009.1845

Authors


Benson, RB More by this author
Butler, RJ More by this author
Lindgren, J More by this author
Journal:
Proceedings. Biological sciences / The Royal Society
Volume:
277
Issue:
1683
Pages:
829-834
Publication date:
2010-03-05
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EISSN:
1471-2954
ISSN:
0962-8452
URN:
uuid:4b300496-8a5d-4f3f-a5f1-7482005e59bc
Source identifiers:
384665
Local pid:
pubs:384665

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