Environmental determinants of extinction selectivity in the fossil record

@article{Peters2008EnvironmentalDO,
  title={Environmental determinants of extinction selectivity in the fossil record},
  author={Shanan E. Peters},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2008},
  volume={454},
  pages={626-629}
}
  • S. Peters
  • Published 31 July 2008
  • Environmental Science, Geography
  • Nature
The causes of mass extinctions and the nature of biological selectivity during extinction events remain central questions in palaeobiology. Although many different environmental perturbations have been invoked as extinction mechanisms, it has long been recognized that fluctuations in sea level coincide with many episodes of biotic turnover. Recent work supports the hypothesis that changes in the areas of epicontinental seas have influenced the macroevolution of marine animals, but the extent to… 

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