Anatomical and ecological constraints on Phanerozoic animal diversity in the marine realm

  title={Anatomical and ecological constraints on Phanerozoic animal diversity in the marine realm},
  author={Richard K. Bambach and Andrew H. Knoll and J John . Sepkoski},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  pages={6854 - 6859}
  • R. BambachA. KnollJ. Sepkoski
  • Published 14 May 2002
  • Environmental Science
  • Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
We grouped the fossil records of marine animal genera into suites defined by function and physiology. The stratigraphic coherence of the resulting diversity history indicates the importance of ecological structure in constraining taxonomic richness through time. The proportional representation of major functional groups was stably maintained for intervals as long as 200 million years, despite evolutionary turnover and changes in total diversity. Early Paleozoic radiations established stable… 

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