Evolution of Fossil Ecosystems

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CRC Press, Mar 22, 2004 - Science - 160 pages
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Major advances in our understanding of the history of life on Earth have resulted from the study of exceptionally well-preserved fossil sites (Lagerstätten). Study of such sites from around the world and from different periods in geological time can provide a fairly complete picture of the evolution of ecosystems down the ages.With this aim in mind, the authors have brought together succinct summaries of 14 of the better-known fossil Lagerstatten, beautifully illustrated throughout by over 250 colour photographs and diagrams.Following a general introduction to fossil Lagerstätten, each chapter deals with a single fossil site and follows the same format: its evolutionary position and significance; its background sedimentology, stratigraphy and palaoenvironment; a description of the biota and palaeoecology, and a comparison with other similar Lagerstätten. There are appendices of further reading, relevant museums and suggestions for visiting the sites.This book will be of value to a wide range of students and professionals in palaeontology and related sciences, and to amateur enthusiasts.

  

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Contents

Acknowledgements
4
Preface
5
Abbreviations
6
Introduction
7
Chapter 1 Ediacara
10
Chapter 2 The Burgess Shale
19
Chapter 3 The Soom Shale
29
Chapter 4 The Hunsrück Slate
37
Chapter 8 The Holzmaden Shale
79
Chapter 9 The Morrison Formation
88
Chapter 10 The Solnhofen Limestone
99
Chapter 11 The Santana and Crato Formations
109
Chapter 12 Grube Messel
121
Chapter 13 Baltic Amber
131
Chapter 14 Rancho La Brea
142
Museums and Site Visits
151

Chapter 5 The Rhynie Chert
47
Chapter 6 Mazon Creek
59
Chapter 7 Grès à Voltzia
71

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