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Topics in Geobiology

The Trace-Fossil Record of Major Evolutionary Events

Volume 1: Precambrian and Paleozoic

Editors: Mángano, M. Gabriela, Buatois, Luis A. (Eds.)

  • Reviews the main framework and toolkit of ichnology
  • Explains how ichnology reveals key information to understand the changing ecology of organism-substrate interactions through the Ediacaran-Cambrian boundary
  • Opens a new window for our understanding of the Cambrian explosion and the Great Ordovician biodiversification event
  • Assesses the importance of the end-Permian mass extinction  
  • Provides a detailed integrative review of the terrestrialization process during the Paleozoic
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About this book

This volume addresses major evolutionary changes that took place during the Ediacaran and the Paleozoic. These include discussions on the nature of Ediacaran ecosystems, as well as the ichnologic signature of evolutionary radiations, such as the Cambrian explosion and the Great Ordovician biodiversification event, the invasion of the land, and the end-Permian mass extinction.

This volume set provides innovative reviews of the major evolutionary events in the history of life from an ichnologic perspective. Because the long temporal range of trace fossils has been commonly emphasized, biogenic structures have been traditionally overlooked in macroevolution. However, comparisons of ichnofaunas through geologic time do reveal the changing ecology of organism-substrate interactions. The use of trace fossils in evolutionary paleoecology represents a new trend that is opening a window for our understanding of major evolutionary radiations and mass extinctions. Trace fossils provide crucial evidence for the recognition of spatial and temporal patterns and processes associated with paleoecologic breakthroughs.

About the authors

Gabriela Mángano got her PhD at the University of Buenos Aires. Since 2004, she is with the University of Saskatchewan (Canada), where she is a Professor. Gabriela’s research interests are in the field of animal substrate interactions (Ichnology) and their significance in evolutionary paleoecology. During the last years, she has been particularly interested on the trace fossils associated with Burgess Shale-type deposits, having done research in Burgess Shale and Sirius Passet, among other sites. She is the author of three books, has edited three special publications and is the author of approximately 170 scientific papers. She is at the Editorial Board of a number of journals, such as Journal of Paleontology, Palaios, Paleontologia Electronica and Ameghiniana.

Luis Buatois obtained his PhD at the University of Buenos Aires and is a Professor at the University of Saskatchewan (Canada) since 2004, specializing in paleoenvironmental, stratigraphic, and evolutionary aspects of ichnology. He has been Vice-President of the International Palaeontological Association and President of the International Ichnological Association. Luis has published five books, edited three journal special issues, and is the author of over 200 scientific papers. He is also a member of the editorial board of a number of journals, including Lethaia, Sedimentary Geology, Marine and Petroleum Geology, Ichnos, Ameghiniana, Latin American Journal of Sedimentology and Basin Analysis and Spanish Journal of Paleontology.

Reviews

“The two volumes of The Trace-Fossil Record of Major Evolutionary Events cover trace fossils and the nature of the behavior of past organisms to an amazing degree and go well beyond singular evolutionary events. … The books are a great resource for both seasoned academics and those who are just starting to learn about the whole range of fossil types … .” (Michael Meyer, The Quarterly Review of Biology, Vol. 93 (1), March, 2018)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • The Conceptual and Methodological Tools of Ichnology

    Minter, Nicholas J. (et al.)

    Pages 1-26

  • Ediacaran Ecosystems and the Dawn of Animals

    Buatois, Luis A. (et al.)

    Pages 27-72

  • The Cambrian Explosion

    Mángano, M. Gabriela (et al.)

    Pages 73-126

  • The Great Ordovician Biodiversification Event

    Mángano, M. Gabriela (et al.)

    Pages 127-156

  • The Prelude to Continental Invasion

    Minter, Nicholas J. (et al.)

    Pages 157-204

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eBook $139.00
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Hardcover $179.00
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Softcover $179.00
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  • ISBN 978-94-024-1407-3
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Trace-Fossil Record of Major Evolutionary Events
Book Subtitle
Volume 1: Precambrian and Paleozoic
Editors
  • M. Gabriela Mángano
  • Luis A. Buatois
Series Title
Topics in Geobiology
Series Volume
39
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-017-9600-2
DOI
10.1007/978-94-017-9600-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-017-9599-9
Softcover ISBN
978-94-024-1407-3
Series ISSN
0275-0120
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 358
Number of Illustrations
6 b/w illustrations, 103 illustrations in colour
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