Topics in Geobiology

Neoproterozoic Geobiology and Paleobiology

Editors: Xiao, Shuhai, Kaufman, Alan J. (Eds.)

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The Neoproterozoic Era (1000–542 million years ago) is a geological period of dramatic climatic change and important evolutionary innovations. Repeated glaciations of unusual magnitude occurred throughout this tumultuous interval, and various eukaryotic clades independently achieved multicellularity, becoming more complex, abundant, and diverse at its termination. Animals made their first debut in the Neoproterozoic too. The intricate interaction among these geological and biological events is a centrepiece of Earth system history, and has been the focus of geobiological investigations in recent decades. The purpose of this volume is to present a sample of views and visions among some of the growing numbers of Neoproterozoic workers. The contributions represent a cross section of recent insights into the field of Neoproterozoic geobiology. Chapter One by Porter gives an up-- date review of Proterozoic heterotrophic eukaryotes, including fungi and various protists. Heterotrophs are key players in Phanerozoic ecosystems; indeed, most Phanerozoic paleontologists work on fossil heterotrophs. However, the fossil record of Proterozoic heterotrophs is extremely meagre.

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Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)
  • The Proterozoic Fossil Record of Heterotrophic Eukaryotes

    Pages 1-21

    Porter, Susannah M.

  • On the Morphological History of Proterozoic and Cambrian Acritarchs

    Pages 23-56

    Huntley, John Warren (et al.)

  • On the Morphological and Ecological History of Proterozoic Macroalgae

    Pages 57-90

    Xiao, Shuhai (et al.)

  • Evolutionary Paleoecology of Ediacaran Benthic Marine Animals

    Pages 91-114

    Bottjer, David J. (et al.)

  • A Critical Look at the Ediacaran Trace Fossil Record

    Pages 115-157

    Jensen, Sören (et al.)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Neoproterozoic Geobiology and Paleobiology
Editors
  • Shuhai Xiao
  • Alan J. Kaufman
Series Title
Topics in Geobiology
Series Volume
27
Copyright
2006
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-5202-6
DOI
10.1007/1-4020-5202-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-5201-9
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-7308-2
Series ISSN
0275-0120
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXII, 300
Number of Illustrations
46 b/w illustrations, 2 illustrations in colour
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