Earth and Life

Global Biodiversity, Extinction Intervals and Biogeographic Perturbations Through Time

  • John A. Talent

Part of the International Year of Planet Earth book series (IYPE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvii
  2. Articles of a General Nature

  3. Evolution Exemplified by Specific Phyla or Classes

  4. Global Extinction Events and Biocrises

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 613-613
    2. Paula J. Noble, Alfred C. Lenz, Chris Holmden, Monika Masiak, Matthew K. Zimmerman, Simon R. Poulson et al.
      Pages 631-652
    3. Lennart Jeppsson, John A. Talent, Ruth Mawson, Anita Andrew, Carlo Corradini, Andrew J. Simpson et al.
      Pages 653-675
  5. Palaeobiogeography

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 819-819
    2. John A. Talent, Yevgeniy A. Yolkin†, Valentina N. Yolkina†, Tat’yana P. Kipriyanova, Rimma T. Gratsianova†
      Pages 821-829
    3. Johnny Waters, Gary D. Webster
      Pages 831-847
    4. Thomas H. Rich, Patricia Vickers-Rich
      Pages 913-934
  6. Cenozoic Era

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 1079-1100

About this book


This volume focuses on the broad pattern of increasing biodiversity through time, and recurrent events of minor and major ecosphere reorganization. Intense scrutiny is devoted to the pattern of physical (including isotopic), sedimentary and biotic circumstances through the time intervals during which life crises occurred. These events affected terrestrial, lacustrine and estuarine ecosystems, locally and globally, but have affected continental shelf ecosystems and even deep ocean ecosystems. The pattern of these events is the backdrop against which modelling the pattern of future environmental change needs to be evaluated.


Biodiversity Global extinctions IYPE Palaebiogeography Palaeoclimate Palaeoecology

Editors and affiliations

  • John A. Talent
    • 1
  1. 1.Earth and Planetary SciencesMacquarie UniversitySydneyAustralia

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