Southern Hemisphere Palaeobiogeography of Triassic-Jurassic Marine Bivalves

  • Susana E. Damborenea
  • Javier Echevarría
  • Sonia Ros-Franch

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Earth System Sciences book series (BRIEFSEARTHSYST)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Susana E. Damborenea, Javier Echevarría, Sonia Ros-Franch
    Pages 1-11
  3. Susana E. Damborenea, Javier Echevarría, Sonia Ros-Franch
    Pages 13-21
  4. Susana E. Damborenea, Javier Echevarría, Sonia Ros-Franch
    Pages 23-43
  5. Susana E. Damborenea, Javier Echevarría, Sonia Ros-Franch
    Pages 45-77
  6. Susana E. Damborenea, Javier Echevarría, Sonia Ros-Franch
    Pages 79-119
  7. Susana E. Damborenea, Javier Echevarría, Sonia Ros-Franch
    Pages 121-139

About this book

Introduction

Palaeobiogeography is a complex subject which processes information provided by both Biology and Earth Sciences. It is conceptually and philosophically equivalent to neobiogeography. Nevertheless, its methods are somewhat different, since it is limited by the incompleteness of the fossil record. On the other hand, it has direct access to the time dimension, a key ingredient of organic evolution. Mesozoic benthonic mollusks, and especially bivalves, have a great potential for palaeobiogeographical analysis due to their commonly good preservation, abundance, diversity and high dispersion potential at the larval stage. From a merely descriptive point of view, the analysis of their distribution shows latitudinal gradients and distributional patterns, both at regional and global scales, which are the basis for the recognition of biochoremas or palaeobiogeographical units of different ranks. Moving forward towards a causal palaeobiogeography, these organisms also provide interesting insight into particular biogeographical questions, such as bipolarity and its origin. The evolution in time of the recognized biochoremas can be discussed in relation to palaeoclimas and extinction events. Finally, some of the results obtained from the analysis of the distribution of past bivalve biotas were even used to propose and discuss the development of marine corridors and argue about the distribution of continents in the past.

Keywords

Biochoremas Bipolarity Bivalvia Jurassic Marine corridors Palaeobiogeography Triassic

Authors and affiliations

  • Susana E. Damborenea
    • 1
  • Javier Echevarría
    • 2
  • Sonia Ros-Franch
    • 3
  1. 1., Departamento PaleontologíaMuseo de Ciencias Naturales La PlataLa PlataArgentina
  2. 2., Departamento Paleontología InvertebradosMuseo de Ciencias Naturales La PlataLa PlataArgentina
  3. 3., Departamento PaleontologíaMuseo de Ciencias Naturales La PlataL PlataArgentina

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-5098-2
  • Copyright Information The Author(s) 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science
  • Print ISBN 978-94-007-5097-5
  • Online ISBN 978-94-007-5098-2
  • Series Print ISSN 2191-589X
  • Series Online ISSN 2191-5903
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