Phylogenetic Practices Among Scholars of Fossil Cephalopods, with Special Reference to Cladistics

  • Pascal Neige
  • Isabelle Rouget
  • Sebastien Moyne

One of the most popular activities among paleontologists is to attribute species names to fossil specimens and then to classify species in a hierarchical pattern: the so-called Linnaean classification. This taxonomic activity is vital, ensuring a large corpus of knowledge of past life across geological times. By-products are: the study of biodiversity through time, the discovery of some extraordinary events such as mass extinctions and major radiations, and the slicing of geological time into singular associations of fossils (known as biozones) to date sediments.

Keywords

Cretaceous Sponge Jurassic Stratigraphy Bivalve 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pascal Neige
    • 1
  • Isabelle Rouget
    • 2
  • Sebastien Moyne
    • 1
  1. 1.UMR CNRS 5561 BiogéosciencesFrance
  2. 2.UMR CNRS 5143France

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