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Stratigraphic PaleobiologyUnderstanding the Distribution of Fossil Taxa in Time and Space$
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Mark E. Patzkowsky and Steven M. Holland

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780226649375

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226649399.001.0001

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From Beginnings to Prospects

From Beginnings to Prospects

(p.209) 10 From Beginnings to Prospects
Stratigraphic Paleobiology

Mark E. Patzkowsky

Steven M. Holland

University of Chicago Press

This chapter explains how the view of stratigraphic paleobiology and its core elements originated. Once the stratigraphic framework was in place, the samples were collected for counts within the time-environment framework of depositional environments and sequences. Sampling within a time-environment framework makes the hierarchical sampling of additive diversity partitioning easy. A comprehensive understanding of diversity and global diversity trends must come from a reconciliation of global and regional patterns. Global studies have been much facilitated by the Paleobiology Database, but tests of these patterns at regional scales have not kept pace. Because species have ecological limits and because depositional environments and sedimentation rates change predictably within depositional sequences, the occurrence of fossils must necessarily be altered by sequence stratigraphic architecture. Stratigraphic paleobiology offers an approach for constructing well-designed tests of these questions.

Keywords:   stratigraphic paleobiology, time-environment framework, sampling, diversity, global studies, Paleobiology Database, regional scales

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