Absolute measures of the completeness of the fossil record

@article{Foote1999AbsoluteMO,
  title={Absolute measures of the completeness of the fossil record},
  author={Michael Foote and J John . Sepkoski},
  journal={Nature},
  year={1999},
  volume={398},
  pages={415-417}
}
Measuring the completeness of the fossil record is essential to understanding evolution over long timescales, particularly when comparing evolutionary patterns among biological groups with different preservational properties. Completeness measures have been presented for various groups based on gaps in the stratigraphic ranges of fossil taxa, and on hypothetical lineages implied by estimated evolutionary trees. Here we present and compare quantitative, widely applicable absolute measures of… Expand

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