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Foundations of Paleoecology Classic Papers with Commentaries

Foundations of Paleoecology Classic Papers with Commentaries

Author: S Kathleen Lyons Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/10/2019

Approximately 99% of all life that has ever existed is extinct. Fortunately, these long dead species have left traces of their lives and interactions with other species in the rock record that paleoecologists use to understand how species and ecosystems have changed over time. This record of past life allows us to study the dynamic nature of the Earth and gives context to current and future ecological challenges. This book brings together forty-four classic papers published between 1924 and 1999 that trace the origins and development of paleoecology. The articles cross taxonomic groups, habitat types, geographic areas, and time and have made substantial contributions to our knowledge of the evolution of life. Encompassing the full breadth of paleoecology, the book is divided into six parts: community and ecosystem dynamics, community reconstruction, diversity dynamics, paleoenvironmental reconstruction, species interaction, and taphonomy. Each paper is also introduced by a contemporary expert who gives context and explains its importance to ongoing paleoecological research. A comprehensive introduction to the field, Foundations of Paleoecology will be an essential reference for new students and established paleoecologists alike.

Foundations of Paleoecology Classic Papers with Commentaries

Foundations of Paleoecology Classic Papers with Commentaries

Author: S Kathleen Lyons Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/10/2019

Approximately 99% of all life that has ever existed is extinct. Fortunately, these long dead species have left traces of their lives and interactions with other species in the rock record that paleoecologists use to understand how species and ecosystems have changed over time. This record of past life allows us to study the dynamic nature of the Earth and gives context to current and future ecological challenges. This book brings together forty-four classic papers published between 1924 and 1999 that trace the origins and development of paleoecology. The articles cross taxonomic groups, habitat types, geographic areas, and time and have made substantial contributions to our knowledge of the evolution of life. Encompassing the full breadth of paleoecology, the book is divided into six parts: community and ecosystem dynamics, community reconstruction, diversity dynamics, paleoenvironmental reconstruction, species interaction, and taphonomy. Each paper is also introduced by a contemporary expert who gives context and explains its importance to ongoing paleoecological research. A comprehensive introduction to the field, Foundations of Paleoecology will be an essential reference for new students and established paleoecologists alike.

Pilauco: A Late Pleistocene Archaeo-paleontological Site Osorno, Northwestern Patagonia and Chile

Pilauco: A Late Pleistocene Archaeo-paleontological Site Osorno, Northwestern Patagonia and Chile

Author: Mario Pino Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/10/2019

This volume combines 10 years of accomplished research at the Pilauco site. The studies are focused on a variety of scientific areas including geological, sedimentological, geomorphological and paleobotanical topics, as well as paleontology of vertebrata and invertebrata, micropaleontology, archaeology, biochemistry, taxonomy, taphonomy, astrophysics and the development of some particular touristic aspects. In 19 chapters a variety of authors describe the excavation and investigation of this unique location. The book presents Pilauco as an example for the natural laboratory which can be found in South America, a testing ground for many of the hypotheses regarding migrations of animals and humans. In this context the study of topics, such as the paleozoography, the role of megafauna species for the architecture of the forests, the animal extinctions or the early human settlements, is extremely important on a global scale. The Pilauco site features paleontological and archaeological evidences and is contemporaneous with the Monte Verde site (~ 15,000 cal. yr AP). It is located 100 km north from Monte Verde and lies within the Intermediate Depression in northwestern Chilean Patagonia. It was discovered by chance in 1986 and has been excavated and investigated since 2007.

Introducing Palaeontology A Guide to Ancient Life

Introducing Palaeontology A Guide to Ancient Life

Author: Patrick Wyse Jackson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/09/2019

Life on Earth can be traced back over three billion years into the past. Many examples of the Earth's former inhabitants are to be found in rocks, preserved as beautiful and fascinating fossils. The earliest life forms were bacteria and algae; these produced the oxygen that enabled more complex life forms to develop. About 600 million years ago multi-cellular organisms appeared on Earth, some of which could protect themselves with hard parts such as shells. Many of these life forms were readily fossilized and are used to subdivide geological time. Numerous species have evolved and most are now extinct. Lineages can be traced and extinctions explained as a consequence of terrestrial and extra-terrestrial events. Now in a revised, updated and expanded Second Edition Introducing Palaeontology will continue to provide readers with a concise and accessible introduction to the science of palaeontology.

Actualistic Taphonomy in South America

Actualistic Taphonomy in South America

Author: Sergio Martinez Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/09/2019

Highlighting the latest research on Actualistic Taphonomy (AT), this book presents the outcomes of a meeting that took place in Montevideo, Uruguay, in October 2017. Its respective chapters offer valuable insights into South American archaeology, invertebrate and vertebrate fauna, and flora. In recent years, there has been a surge of new research on AT, as evidenced by numerous papers, talks, theses, etc. However, there are still very few AT books or even dedicated journal articles. Reflecting the discipline's newfound maturity, this book, written by South American authors, offers a unique resource for academics and students of Paleontology, Geology, and Biology around the world.

A Guide to Fossils

A Guide to Fossils

Author: Helmut Mayr Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/07/2019

Anyone interested in collecting fossils or in learning more about the previous life of these animals and plants will find a wealth of information in this lavishly illustrated guide. Here Helmut Mayr brings together over five hundred color photographs with concise and lively descriptions of both common and unusual fossils. Intended to aid amateurs in specimen identification and classification, this book offers an encyclopedic breadth of coverage that many specialists too will find useful. In his introduction Mayr discusses the most important genera of animals and plants, the origins of fossils and the forms of their preservation, tips on collecting and on recovery and storing, technical terminology, and insights into scientific research. The main section contains illustrations and descriptions of the fossils themselves, with an emphasis on ammonites, but also including corals, mollusks, snails, echinoderms and brachiopods, vertebrates, and plants. Each illustrated example is accompanied by information on distinguishing marks, geographical distribution, period of existence, and the habits and ecology of the important representatives of the individual genera.

Cambridge Library Collection - Earth Science A Synopsis of the Classification of the British Palaeozoic Rocks: With a Systematic Description of the British Palaeozoic Fossils in the Geological Museum

Cambridge Library Collection - Earth Science A Synopsis of the Classification of the British Palaeozoic Rocks: With a Systematic Description of the British Palaeozoic Fossils in the Geological Museum

Author: Adam Sedgwick, Frederick Mccoy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/06/2019

Adam Sedgwick (1785-1873), one of the founders of modern geology, was Woodwardian Professor of Geology at Cambridge from 1818 until his death. During his career, advances in stratigraphy and palaeontology revolutionised the subject, and Sedgwick participated in heated controversies about the classification of the oldest rocks. His fieldwork companions included John Stevens Henslow, Roderick Murchison and the young Charles Darwin, and the specimens he acquired propelled the Cambridge geological collection to international importance. Sedgwick invited a young Irish palaeontologist, Frederick McCoy (1821-99), to catalogue the collection. In 1854 McCoy moved to Melbourne, Australia, where he spent the rest of his career energetically promoting scientific education and creating another impressive museum. Sedgwick oversaw the publication in 1855 of McCoy's catalogue of Palaeozoic fossils. His substantial introduction reveals Sedgwick's insistence on scientific precision and his growing impatience with rival proposals, which later culminated in his sceptical response to evolutionary theory.

Extinction: A Very Short Introduction

Extinction: A Very Short Introduction

Author: Paul B. (Professor of Palaeoenvironments, University of Leeds) Wignall Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/06/2019

Most people are familiar with the dodo and the dinosaur, but extinction has occurred throughout the history of life, with the result that nearly all the species that have ever existed are now extinct. Today, species are disappearing at an ever increasing rate, whilst past losses have occurred during several great crises. Issues such as habitat destruction, conservation, climate change, and, during major crises, volacanism and meteorite impact, can all contribute towards the demise of a group. In this Very Short Introduction, Paul B. Wignall looks at the causes and nature of extinctions, past and present, and the factors that can make a species vulnerable. Summarising what we know about all of the major and minor exctinction events, he examines some of the greatest debates in modern science, such as the relative role of climate and humans in the death of the Pleistocene megafauna, including mammoths and giant ground sloths, and the roles that global warming, ocean acidification, and deforestation are playing in present-day extinctions ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

Dinosaurs The Encyclopedia, Supplement 2

Dinosaurs The Encyclopedia, Supplement 2

Author: Donald F. Glut, Philip J. Currie Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/06/2019

This reference work is the second supplement to Dinosaurs: The Encyclopedia (a 1998 American Library Association Outstanding Reference Book) and follows the intent and format of the encyclopedia and first supplement. In speaking of that first supplement-- superb...the scope in phenomenal --ARBA referred to the basic volume as a reference legend...lavishly illustrated, cleverly written, and extraordinarily comprehensive. This continuation of what is now the standard encyclopedia provides up-to-date concepts and evidence of dinosaur paleobiology and evolution. Various competing positions are well presented and exhaustively referenced. The content is based on the latest original research of paleontologists, especially in dinosaur systematics, and genera, and covers such topics as the constant changes in technology and research methods, the Mesozoic Era in general, new theoretical ideas, the dinosaur-bird debate, dinosaur extinctions, and nomen nudum and excluded genera. Supplemental volumes do not repeat information from earlier volumes, but build upon them: ISBN 978-0-7864-7222-2 Original Encyclopedia ISBN 978-0-7864-0591-6 Supplement 1 ISBN 978-0-7864-1166-5 Supplement 2 ISBN 978-0-7864-1518-2 Supplement 3 ISBN 978-0-7864-2295-1 Supplement 4 ISBN 978-0-7864-3241-7 Supplement 5 ISBN 978-0-7864-4187-7 Supplement 6 ISBN 978-1-4766-6548-1 Supplement 7

Electron Micrographs of Limestones and Their Nannofossils

Electron Micrographs of Limestones and Their Nannofossils

Author: Alfred G. Fischer, Susumu Honjo, Robert E. Garrison Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/06/2019

This monograph contains over fifty high-quality plates of electron micrographs of limestones. It spans the field of limestones in age from Cambrian to Recent, and in type from deep-sea oozes to intertidal rocks. It represents the outcome of four years of research in the new field of electron microscopy applied to rocks. The illustrations show the spectacular results and much more is revealed in fossils and textures than would be expected on the basis of optical studies. Originally published in 1967. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.

Sea Dragons Predators of the Prehistoric Oceans

Sea Dragons Predators of the Prehistoric Oceans

Author: Richard Ellis Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/06/2019

Working from the fossil record, Ellis explores the natural history of these fierce predators, speculates on their habits, and tells how they eventually became extinct or did they? He traces the 200-million-year history of the great ichthyosaurs, plesiosaurs, and mosasaurs who swam the ancient oceans and who, according to some, may even still frequent the likes of Loch Ness. Picture if you will seventy-foot dragons with foot-long serrated teeth, or an animal that looked like a crocodile crossed with a shark the size of a small yacht. With its impossibly long neck, Plesiosaurus conybeari has been compared to a giant snake threaded through the body of a turtle. At a length of nearly sixty feet, Mosasaurus hoffmanni boasted powerful jaws and teeth that could crunch up even the hardest-shelled giant sea turtle. And Kronosaurus queenslandicus, perhaps the most formidable of the lot, had a skull nine feet long more than twice that of Tyrannosaurus Rex with teeth to match. The first book about these amazing animals in nearly a century, Sea Dragons draws upon the most recent scientific research to vividly reconstruct their lives and habitats. Their fossils have been found all over the world in Europe, Australia, Japan, and even Kansas in lands that once lay on the floors of Jurassic and Triassic seas. Along the way, the book also provides intriguing insights into and entertaining tales about the work, discoveries, and competing theories that compose the fascinating world of vertebrate paleontology. Ellis also graces his text with a set of incomparable illustrations. Widely hailed as our foremost artist of marine natural history, he depicts vividly how these creatures probably appeared and, through these likenesses, invites us to speculate on their locomotion, their predatory habits, their very lifestyles. A genuine book of marvels and wonders, Sea Dragons will certainly stir one's curiosity about our planet's prehistoric past.

Evolution and Development of Fishes

Evolution and Development of Fishes

Author: Zerina (Natural History Museum, London) Johanson Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/06/2019

Fish, or lower vertebrates, occupy the basal nodes of the vertebrate phylogeny, and are therefore crucial in interpreting almost every feature of more advanced vertebrates, including amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. Recent research focuses on combining evolutionary observations - primarily from the fish fossil record - with developmental data from living fishes, in order to better interpret evolutionary history and vertebrate phylogeny. This book highlights the importance of this research in the interpretation of vertebrate evolution, bringing together world-class palaeontologists and biologists to summarise the most interesting, current and cutting-edge topics in fish evolution and development. It will be an invaluable tool for researchers in early vertebrate palaeontology and evolution, and those particularly interested in the interface between evolution and development.