EARLY EVOLUTION OF LAND PLANTS: Phylogeny, Physiology, and Ecology of the Primary Terrestrial Radiation

  title={EARLY EVOLUTION OF LAND PLANTS: Phylogeny, Physiology, and Ecology of the Primary Terrestrial Radiation},
  author={Richard M. Bateman and Peter R. Crane and William A. DiMichele and Paul Kenrick and Nick P. Rowe and Thomas Speck and William Stein},
  journal={Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics},
  • R. BatemanP. Crane W. Stein
  • Published 1 November 1998
  • Environmental Science
  • Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics
▪ Abstract The Siluro-Devonian primary radiation of land biotas is the terrestrial equivalent of the much-debated Cambrian “explosion” of marine faunas. Both show the hallmarks of novelty radiations (phenotypic diversity increases much more rapidly than species diversity across an ecologically undersaturated and thus low-competition landscape), and both ended with the formation of evolutionary and ecological frameworks analogous to those of modern ecosystems. Profound improvements in… 

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