Evolutionary speed limits inferred from the fossil record

Kirchner, James W.
January 2002
Nature;1/3/2002, Vol. 415 Issue 6867, p65
Academic Journal
Investigates the dynamics of extinction and biological diversification across different timescales. Fluctuation of fossil extinction and origination rates; Description of the biodiversity consequences; Use of spectral analysis in testing the effect of diversification rates on the extinction rates.


Related Articles

  • Fossil record predicts mass extinctions ahead.  // Geographical (Geographical Magazine Ltd.);Jan2008, Vol. 80 Issue 1, p11 

    The article assesses the results of a study which claimed that the five climate-triggered mass extinctions of the past will happen again. Scientists from the universities of Leeds and York in England reported that half of all plant and animal species could be forced into extinction by rising...

  • When Can Decreasing Diversification Rates Be Detected with Molecular Phylogenies and the Fossil Record? LEE HSIANG LIOW; QUENTAL, TIAGO B.; MARSHALL, CHARLES R. // Systematic Biology;Dec2010, Vol. 59 Issue 6, p646 

    Traditionally, patterns and processes of diversification could only be inferred from the fossil record. However, there are an increasing number of tools that enable diversification dynamics to be inferred from molecular phylogenies. The application of these tools to new data sets has renewed...

  • Extinction: past and present. Jablonski, David // Nature;2/12/2004, Vol. 427 Issue 6975, p589 

    Focuses on the use of fossil records, together with modern data, to study biological extinction and its consequences. Challenges in understanding the causes and consequences of extinction; Assessment of extinction and the diversity of the remaining biota.

  • DEATH COMES EVERY 62 MILLION YEARS.  // Scientific Computing World;Mar/Apr2005, Issue 81, p7 

    This article reports on the computer analysis performed by researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of California in Berkeley in 2005, regarding the fossil records of marine animals over the past 542 years. The analysis has shown...

  • Fine- vs. Coarse-Scale (Envelope) Models of Climate-Induced Vegetation Change.  // CO2 Science;6/27/2012, Vol. 15 Issue 26, p2 

    The article discusses research that analyzed fossil pollen sequences from Romania to explore the effects of climate change on community composition and biodiversity. Results reveal that community composition at a given was no just the product of existing environmental conditions, but also the...

  • Evolution and classification of Mesozoic mathildoid gastropods. GRÜNDEL, JOACHIM; NÜTZEL, ALEXANDER // Palaeontologia Polonica;2013, Vol. 58 Issue 4, p803 

    About 150 Mesozoic (mostly Early and Middle Jurassic) species of the heterobranch superfamily Mathildoidea are classified into four families and 27 genera. Most taxa are assigned to the families Mathildidae, Gordenellidae, and Tofanellidae while the Triassic family Anoptychiidae holds only a...

  • Cycles in fossil diversity. Rohde, Robert A.; Muller, Richard A. // Nature;3/10/2005, Vol. 434 Issue 7030, p208 

    It is well known that the diversity of life appears to fluctuate during the course of the Phanerozoic, the eon during which hard shells and skeletons left abundant fossils (0-542 million years ago). Here we show, using Sepkoski's compendium of the first and last stratigraphic appearances of...

  • Norman Myers. Blue, Laura // Time International (South Pacific Edition);10/29/2007, Issue 42, p54 

    The article discusses the research if biologist Norman Myers, who pioneered discoveries about the rate of species extinction and the existence of biodiversity hot spots. Myers began tallying the number of environmental refugees, people displaced by environmental problems such as droughts, and...

  • Plants provide clues to dinosaurs' demise. Hecht, Jeff // New Scientist;8/21/93, Vol. 139 Issue 1887, p14 

    Reports on the use of plant fossils in the study of species extinction in the Cretaceous era. Little evidence on the global climate change from an asteroid impact; Study by Kirk Johnson of the Denver Museum of Natural History; Extinction rate of fossil pollens; Evidence of a gradual die-off of...


Read the Article


Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics