By Warren Allmon, David J. Bottjer
Probably the most very important questions we will ask approximately lifestyles is "Does ecology matter?" such a lot biologists and paleontologists are proficient to reply to "yes," however the designated mechanisms in which ecology concerns within the context of styles that play out over thousands of years have by no means been completely transparent. This publication examines those mechanisms and appears at how historic environments affected evolution, targeting long term macroevolutionary alterations as visible within the fossil record.
Evolutionary paleoecology isn't a brand new self-discipline. starting with Darwin, researchers have tried to appreciate how the surroundings has affected evolutionary historical past. yet as we study extra approximately those styles, the quest for a brand new artificial view of the evolutionary strategy that integrates species evolution, ecology, and mass extinctions turns into ever extra urgent. the current quantity is a benchmark sampler of lively learn during this ever extra energetic box.
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Evolutionary Paleoecology by Warren Allmon, David J. Bottjer