Reefs as cradles of evolution and sources of biodiversity in the Phanerozoic.

@article{Kiessling2010ReefsAC,
  title={Reefs as cradles of evolution and sources of biodiversity in the Phanerozoic.},
  author={Wolfgang Kiessling and Carl Simpson and Michael Foote},
  journal={Science},
  year={2010},
  volume={327 5962},
  pages={196-8}
}
Large-scale biodiversity gradients among environments and habitats are usually attributed to a complex array of ecological and evolutionary factors. We tested the evolutionary component of such gradients by compiling the environments of the geologically oldest occurrences of marine genera and using sampling standardization to assess if originations tended to be clustered in particular environments. Shallow, tropical environments and carbonate substrates all tend to have harbored high… CONTINUE READING
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