Neoproterozoic Geobiology and Paleobiology

  • Shuhai Xiao
  • Alan J. Kaufman

Part of the Topics in Geobiology book series (TGBI, volume 27)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVI
  2. John Warren Huntley, Shuhai Xiao, Michal Kowalewski
    Pages 23-56
  3. David J. Bottjer, Matthew E. Clapham
    Pages 91-114
  4. Sören Jensen, Mary L. Droser, James G. Gehling
    Pages 115-157
  5. Douglas H. Erwin
    Pages 159-197
  6. S. Blair Hedges, Fabia U. Battistuzzi, Jaime E. Blair
    Pages 199-229
  7. Galen P. Halverson
    Pages 231-271
  8. Frank A. Corsetti, Nathaniel J. Lorentz
    Pages 273-294
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 295-300

About this book

Introduction

The Neoproterozoic Era (1000–542 million years ago) is a geological period of dramatic climatic change and important evolutionary innovations. Repeated glaciations of unusual magnitude occurred throughout this tumultuous interval, and various eukaryotic clades independently achieved multicellularity, becoming more complex, abundant, and diverse at its termination. Animals made their first debut in the Neoproterozoic too. The intricate interaction among these geological and biological events is a centrepiece of Earth system history, and has been the focus of geobiological investigations in recent decades. The purpose of this volume is to present a sample of views and visions among some of the growing numbers of Neoproterozoic workers. The contributions represent a cross section of recent insights into the field of Neoproterozoic geobiology. Chapter One by Porter gives an up-- date review of Proterozoic heterotrophic eukaryotes, including fungi and various protists. Heterotrophs are key players in Phanerozoic ecosystems; indeed, most Phanerozoic paleontologists work on fossil heterotrophs. However, the fossil record of Proterozoic heterotrophs is extremely meagre.

Keywords

Cambrian Ecology Ediacaran Palaeoecology Proterozoic algae evolution

Editors and affiliations

  • Shuhai Xiao
    • 1
  • Alan J. Kaufman
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of GeosciencesVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityBlacksburgUSA
  2. 2.Department of GeologyUniversity of MarylandCollege ParkUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/1-4020-5202-2
  • Copyright Information Springer 2006
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4020-5201-9
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4020-5202-6
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