Plate-tectonic Regulation of Faunal Diversity and Sea Level: a Model

@article{Valentine1970PlatetectonicRO,
  title={Plate-tectonic Regulation of Faunal Diversity and Sea Level: a Model},
  author={James William Valentine and Eldridge M. Moores},
  journal={Nature},
  year={1970},
  volume={228},
  pages={657-659}
}
A GROWING body of evidence and theory supports the idea that processes of plate tectonics have been operating for the past 3 × 109 years1. The hypothesis of ocean-driven plates implies that certain mountain systems represent the remains of former large ocean basins. An important corollary of this notion is that the history of continental assembly and fragmentation can be inferred from the geological record of the various mountain systems. We show here how the diversity of marine fauna and… Expand
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