Palaeobiology II

Palaeobiology II

Editor(s): Derek E.G. Briggs, Peter R. Crowther

Published Online: 13 DEC 2007

Print ISBN: 9780632051496

Online ISBN: 9780470999295

DOI: 10.1002/9780470999295

About this Book

Palaeobiology: A Synthesis was widely acclaimed both for its content and production quality. Ten years on, Derek Briggs and Peter Crowther have once again brought together over 150 leading authorities from around the world to produce Palaeobiology II. Using the same successful formula, the content is arranged as a series of concise articles, taking a thematic approach to the subject, rather than treating the various fossil groups systematically.

This entirely new book, with its diversity of new topics and over 100 new contributors, reflects the exciting developments in the field, including accounts of spectacular newly discovered fossils, and embraces data from other disciplines such as astrobiology, geochemistry and genetics.

Palaeobiology II will be an invaluable resource, not only for palaeontologists, but also for students and researchers in other branches of the earth and life sciences.


  • Written by an international team of recognised authorities in the field.
  • Content is concise but informative.
  • Demonstrates how palaeobiological studies are at the heart of a range of scientific themes.

Table of contents

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  1. Part 1.1: Major Events in the History of Life - Early Life

  2. Part 1.2: Major Events in the History of Life - The Cambrian Radiation

  3. Part 1.3: Major Events in the History of Life - Palaeozoic Events

  4. Part 1.4: Major Events in the History of Life - Mesozoic Events

  5. Part 1.5: Major Events in the History of Life - Cenozoic Events

  6. Part 2.1: The Evolutionary Process and the Fossil Record - Species Evolution

  7. Part 2.2: The Evolutionary Process and the Fossil Record - Evolution of Form

  8. Part 2.3: The Evolutionary Process and the Fossil Record - Macroevolution

  9. Part 2.4: The Evolutionary Process and the Fossil Record - Patterns of Diversity

  10. Part 3.1: Taphonomy - Fossilized Materials

  11. Part 3.2: Taphonomy - Fossilization Processes

  12. Part 3.3: Taphonomy - Preservation in Different Ecological Settings

  13. Part 3.4: Taphonomy - Lagerstätten

    1. Chapter 3.4.4

      The Soom Shale (pages 340–342)

      R.J. Aldridge, S.E. Gabbott and J.N. Theron

    2. Chapter 3.4.6

      Hunsrück Slate (pages 346–348)

      R. Raiswell, C. Bartels and D.E.G. Briggs

    3. Chapter 3.4.9

      Las Hoyas (pages 356–359)

      J.L. Sanz, M.A. Fregenal-Martínez, N. Meléndez and F. Ortega

  14. Part 4.1: Palaeoecology - Fossils as Living Organisms

  15. Part 4.2: Palaeoecology - Ancient Communities

  16. Part 4.3: Palaeoecology - Fossils as Environmental Indicators

  17. Part 5.1: Systematics, Phylogeny, and Stratigraphy - Morphology and Taxonomy

  18. Part 5.2: Systematics, Phylogeny, and Stratigraphy - Calibrating Diversity

  19. Part 5.3: Systematics, Phylogeny, and Stratigraphy - Reconstructing Phylogeny

  20. Part 5.4: Systematics, Phylogeny, and Stratigraphy - Fossils in Stratigraphy

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