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The Trace-Fossil Record of Major Evolutionary Events

Volume 2: Mesozoic and Cenozoic

  • M. Gabriela Mángano
  • Luis A. Buatois

Part of the Topics in Geobiology book series (TGBI, volume 40)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Colin Barras, Richard J. Twitchett
    Pages 1-17
  3. Luis A. Buatois, Noelia B. Carmona, H. Allen Curran, Renata G. Netto, M. Gabriela Mángano, Andreas Wetzel
    Pages 19-134
  4. Massimo Bernardi, Fabio Massimo Petti, Laura Piñuela, José Carlos García-Ramos, Marco Avanzini, Martin G. Lockley
    Pages 135-177
  5. Luis A. Buatois, Conrad C. Labandeira, M. Gabriela Mángano, Andrew Cohen, Sebastian Voigt
    Pages 179-263
  6. Conrad C. Labandeira, Francisco J. Rodríguez-Tovar, Alfred Uchman
    Pages 265-300
  7. Jorge F. Genise, Emilio Bedatou, Eduardo S. Bellosi, Laura C. Sarzetti, M. Victoria Sánchez, J. Marcelo Krause
    Pages 301-370
  8. Verónica Krapovickas, Sergio Vizcaíno
    Pages 371-410
  9. Martin Lockley, Jeff Meldrum, Jeong Yul Kim
    Pages 411-448
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 475-485

About this book

Introduction

This volume addresses major evolutionary changes that took place during the Mesozoic and the Cenozoic. These include discussions on major evolutionary radiations and ecological innovations on land and at sea, such as the Mesozoic marine revolution, the  Mesozoic radiation of vertebrates, the Mesozoic lacustrine revolution, the Cenozoic radiation of mammals, the evolution of paleosol biotas, and the evolution of hominins. The roles of mass extinctions at the end of the Triassic and at the end of the Cretaceous are assessed.


This volume set provides innovative reviews of the major evolutionary events in the history of life from an ichnologic perspective. Because the long temporal range of trace fossils has been commonly emphasized, biogenic structures have been traditionally overlooked in macroevolution. However, comparisons of ichnofaunas through geologic time do reveal the changing ecology of organism-substrate interactions. The use of trace fossils in evolutionary paleoecology represents a new trend that is opening a window for our understanding of major evolutionary radiations and mass extinctions. Trace fossils provide crucial evidence for the recognition of spatial and temporal patterns and processes associated with paleoecologic breakthroughs.

Keywords

Bioturbation Evolutionary paleoecology Ichnology Macroevolution Mesozoic Cenozoic Trace fossils

Editors and affiliations

  • M. Gabriela Mángano
    • 1
  • Luis A. Buatois
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Geological SciencesUniversity of SaskatchewanSaskatoonCanada
  2. 2.Department of Geological SciencesUniversity of SaskatchewanSaskatoonCanada

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