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Terrestrial Conservation Lagerstatten: Windows into the Evolution of Life on Land

Nicholas Fraser, Hans-Dieter Suess

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Format:
Hardback
ISBN:
9781780460147
Published:
28 Sep 2017
Publisher:
Dunedin Academic Press
Dimensions:
450 pages - 260 x 200mm
Evolutionary biologists have long been concerned by the incompleteness of the fossil record. Although our knowledge of the diversity of life in ‘deep time’ has improved, many lineages of extant animals and plants still have only sparse fossil documentation. Even groups with ‘hard parts’ that render them suitable for fossilization often only have a limited record. Thus, although the fossil record is viewed as critical to the reconstruction of the evolutionary history of life, many biologists question its utility.

Fortunately discoveries of occurrences of exceptionally preserved fossils, known as conservation Lagerstätten (Konservat-Lagerstätten), shed much light on the past diversity of life. This volume reviews selected conservation Lagerstätten for terrestrial animals and plants throughout the Phanerozoic worldwide and includes sites in Asia, Europe and North and South America. Together the papers demonstrate the enormous progress made in recent years both in documenting the biodiversity of such extraordinary fossil deposits and also in elucidating the geological conditions for and biogeochemical processes behind the formation of conservation Lagerstätten.

Each contribution has been written by eminent palaeontologists who have enlisted additional expertise to make each chapter as comprehensive as possible
Introduction. Chapter 1: The Rhynie and Windyfield cherts, Early Devonian, Rhynie, Scotland (Nigel H. Trewin and Hans Kerp); Chapter 2: The East Kirkton Lagerstätte: a window onto Early Carboniferous land ecosystems (Jennifer A. Clack); Chapter 3: Triassic life in an inland lake basin of the warm-temperate biome: the Madygen Lagerstätte, Southwest Kyrgyzstan, Central Asia (Sebastian Voigt, Michael Buchwitz, Jan Fischer, Ilja Kogan, Philippe Moisan, Jörg W. Schneider, Frederik Spindler, Andreas Brosig, Marvin Preusse, Frank Scholze and Ulf Linnemann); Chapter 4: The Solite Quarry – a window into life by a late Triassic lake margin (Nicholas C. Fraser, David A. Grimaldi, Brian J. Axsmith, Andrew B. Heckert, Cynthia Liutkus- Pierce, Dena Smith, Alton C. Dooley Jr.); Chapter 5: The Yanliao Biota: a trove of exceptionally preserved Middle-Late Jurassic terrestrial life forms (Xing Xu, Zhonghe Zhou, Corwin Sullivan, and Yuan Wang); Chapter 6: The Jehol Biota: an exceptional window into Early Cretaceous terrestrial ecosystems (Zhonghe Zhou, Yuan Wang, Xing Xu, and Dong Ren); Chapter 7: The Santana Formation (David M. Martilland Paulo M. Brito); Chapter 8: The Messel Pit Fossil Site (Stephan F. K. Schaal); Chapter 9: Extraordinary Lagerstätten in Amber, with particular reference to the Cretaceous of Burma (David A. Grimaldi and Andrew J. Ross). Index
Edited by Nicholas C. Fraser of the National Museum of Scotland and Hans-Dieter Sues of the National Museum of Natural History of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC.
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