- Details examples of evolutionary radiations
- Explicitly addresses the effect of adaptation driven by ecological opportunity
- Examines the link between ecology and paleontology’s study of adaptive radiation
Table of Contents
1. A Singular Work of Theater
- 1.1 A unique history
- 1.2 A story filled with catastrophes and recoveries
- 1.3 Evolutionary radiations: major phenomena in the history of biodiversity
2. The Fossil Record
- 2.1 A treasure trove of fossils
- 2.2 From organisms to fossils, and from biocenoses to taphocenoses
- 2.3 Can the fossil record reveal relevant information?
- 2.4 Construction and examples of paleontological databases
- 2.5 Yes, the fossil record can be used to study the history of biodiversity
3. The Phenomenon of Evolutionary Radiation
- 3.1 What is an evolutionary radiation?
- 3.2 The different categories of evolutionary radiations, and their causes
4. Examples of Evolutionary Radiations
- 4.1 A paleontological bestseller: the Cambrian explosion
- 4.2 Cascaded radiations: the case of ammonites
- 4.3 Floral success: the emergence and radiation of flowering plants
- 4.4 Not-so-round sea urchins!
- No. of pages: 152
- Language: English
- Copyright: © ISTE Press - Elsevier 2015
- Published: May 6, 2015
- Imprint: ISTE Press - Elsevier
- eBook ISBN: 9780081004746
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