Paleontology and Ecology: Their Common Origins and Later Split

  title={Paleontology and Ecology: Their Common Origins and Later Split},
  author={David M. Wilkinson},
Today paleontology and ecology exist as separate disciplines, however for much of the history of research on these topics that was not the case. The splitting of ‘science’ into multiple discrete disciplines is mainly a product of the nineteenth century – when both paleontology and ecology acquired their names. To provide a historical background to the interrelationship between these two areas I consider four illustrative figures from the sixteenth century to the early twentieth century and… 

Building Links Between Ecology and Paleontology Using Taphonomic Studies of Recent Vertebrate Communities

Both paleontology and ecology would benefit from increased exchange of ideas and perspectives, and this chapter provides examples showing why exchange is worth pursuing and offers suggestions to encourage future dialogue and collaboration.

Ecology Needs a Paleontological Perspective

It is made the case that all modern ecological theories should be tested in geological time and a much stronger interaction between modern ecologists and paleontologists in addressing present and future ecological questions is advocated.

Paleontology in Ecology and Conservation

This book will serve as both a ‘how to guide’ and provide the current state of knowledge for this type of research and highlight the unique and critical insights that can be gained by the inclusion of palaeontological data into modern ecological or conservation studies.

Paleontology in Ecology and Conservation: An Introduction

  • J. Louys
  • Environmental Science, Geography
  • 2012
This book provides examples of the use of paleontological data in ecology and conservation science and illustrates how the addition of data from the fossil record can lead to novel insights and developments.

Paleoenvironmental Reconstruction from Faunal Remains: Ecological Basics and Analytical Assumptions

  • R. Lyman
  • Environmental Science, Geography
  • 2017
Greater knowledge of ecological processes as well as increased analytical sophistication in paleozoology is providing increasingly rigorous and detailed insights to paleoenvironments.

Human translocation as an alternative hypothesis to explain the presence of giant tortoises on remote islands in the south‐western Indian Ocean

It is proposed that giant tortoises were introduced to the IO islands by early Austronesian sailors, possibly to establish provisioning stations for their journeys, just as European sailors did in more recent historical times.

Extending the paleontology–biogeography reciprocity with SDMs: Exploring models and data in reducing fossil taxonomic uncertainty

With this strategy, it is shown that current developments in biogeography research can favour paleontology, extending the (biased) current interchange between these two scientific disciplines.

Combining marine macroecology and palaeoecology in understanding biodiversity: microfossils as a model

Prospects for a macroecology–palaeoecology integration in biodiversity analyses with a focus on marine microfossils are reviewed, including the inclusion of a deep‐time perspective based on high‐resolution microf fossil records may be an important step for the further maturation of Macroecology.

Determining spatial heterogeneity in species richness of plant community

Comparisons between variance estimated based on the observed number of species among quadrats, and variance calculated based on an assumption that all species are arranged randomly among quad rats, can describe the spatial structure of species richness.

Breve retrospectiva histórica sobre a formação do registro fossilífero de vertebrados

O pensamento sobre a formação do registro fossilífero é frequentemente associado à área da ciência que atualmente se ocupa do estudo deste fenômeno, a Tafonomia. Em geral, obras nacionais sobre o



Ecology before ecology: biogeography and ecology in Lyell's 'Principles'

Charles Lyell’s Principles of Geology (first published in three volumes between 1830 and 1833) has been described as ‘the most famous geological book ever written’ (Gould 2000, p. 159). The second

Bursting the Limits of Time: The Reconstruction of Geohistory in the Age of Revolution

During a revolution of discovery in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, geologists reconstructed the immensely long history of the earth - and the relatively recent arrival of human

Principles of Geology

One of the key works in the nineteenth-century battle between science and Scripture, Charles Lyell's Principles of Geology (1830-33) sought to explain the geological state of the modern Earth by

Lyell and the Principles of Geology

  • M. Rudwick
  • Geology
    Geological Society, London, Special Publications
  • 1998
Abstract Lyell’s Principles of Geology is still treated more often as an icon to be revered than as the embodiment of a complex scientific argument rooted in its own time and place. This paper

The other face of Lyell: historical biogeography in his Principles of geology

Lyell's biogeographical model is analysed in terms of its own internal structure to conclude that the knowledge of organic distribution interested Lyell as long as it could be explained by the uniformitarian principles of his geological system.

Charles Lyell - the father of geology - as a forerunner of modern ecology

In 1830, Charles Lyell published the first volume of his influential book, “The principles of geology”. Young Charles Darwin took the book on board the “Beagle” and, upon his return, acknowledged the

Thinking About the Earth: A History of Ideas in Geology

Illustrations Acknowledgments Glossary Introduction 1. A Mythical and Living World: Ideas about the Earth in Antiquity, the Middle Ages and the Renaissance 2. Mechanical Theories of the Earth and

History of Palaeobotany: Selected Essays

Often regarded as the ‘Cinderella’ of palaeontological studies, palaeobotany has a history that contains some fascinating insights into scientific endeavour, especially by palaeontologists who were

Earth System Science

The greatest challenge for the new discipline, however, is to provide prescriptions that will reverse current human abuse of planet Earth, signposting routes to a sustainable future.