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Biodiversity in the Phanerozoic: a reinterpretation
Abstract Many features of global diversity compilations have proven robust to continued sampling and taxonomic revision. Inherent biases in the stratigraphic record may nevertheless substantiallyExpand
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Geologic constraints on the macroevolutionary history of marine animals.
  • S. Peters
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences…
  • 30 August 2005
The causes of mass extinctions and the nature of taxonomic radiations are central questions in paleobiology. Several episodes of taxonomic turnover in the fossil record, particularly the major massExpand
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Phanerozoic Trends in the Global Diversity of Marine Invertebrates
It has previously been thought that there was a steep Cretaceous and Cenozoic radiation of marine invertebrates. This pattern can be replicated with a new data set of fossil occurrences representingExpand
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Phanerozoic Earth System Evolution and Marine Biodiversity
Environmental factors, more so than sampling biases, drive trends in biological evolution observed in the fossil record. The Phanerozoic fossil record of marine animal diversity covaries with theExpand
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Formation of the ‘Great Unconformity’ as a trigger for the Cambrian explosion
The transition between the Proterozoic and Phanerozoic eons, beginning 542 million years (Myr) ago, is distinguished by the diversification of multicellular animals and by their acquisition ofExpand
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Predation upon Hatchling Dinosaurs by a New Snake from the Late Cretaceous of India
A new snake from Upper Cretaceous rocks in India is found with hatchling sauropod dinosaurs, demonstrating that large, gape-limited snakes were probably capable of taking in moderate-sized vertebrateExpand
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Climate change and the selective signature of the Late Ordovician mass extinction
Selectivity patterns provide insights into the causes of ancient extinction events. The Late Ordovician mass extinction was related to Gondwanan glaciation; however, it is still unclear whetherExpand
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Sulfate Burial Constraints on the Phanerozoic Sulfur Cycle
More than a Dash of Sea Salt The cycling of major elements, such as sulfur, in the oceans depends on a number of processes, from bacterial respiration of organic matter to venting of gases fromExpand
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Determinants of extinction in the fossil record
The causes of mass extinctions and the nature of biological selectivity at extinction events are central questions in palaeobiology. It has long been recognized, however, that the amount ofExpand
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Environmental determinants of extinction selectivity in the fossil record
The causes of mass extinctions and the nature of biological selectivity during extinction events remain central questions in palaeobiology. Although many different environmental perturbations haveExpand
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