Stratigraphic PaleobiologyUnderstanding the Distribution of Fossil Taxa in Time and Space

Stratigraphic PaleobiologyUnderstanding the Distribution of Fossil Taxa in Time and Space

Mark E. Patzkowsky and Steven M. Holland

Print publication date: 2013

ISBN: 9780226649375

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Abstract

This book focuses on the interpretation of the fossil record that has been exemplified by the Cretaceous-Paleogene (K-Pg) controversy, and it has been repeated countless times across a wide array of paleontological studies on macroevolutionary patterns, morphological evolution, community ecology, and biostratigraphy. Stratigraphic paleobiology holds that any interpretation of the fossil record must be based on a modern understanding of the principles of sediment accumulation. It is defined as the intersection of sequence and event stratigraphy with paleobiology. This book addresses the nature and architecture of the stratigraphic record and how environmental gradients determine the distribution of species. A numerical model is developed that predicts many features of the fossil record arising as a result of stratigraphic architecture. Bases for understanding how the ecology and morphology of individual taxa change through time in a stratigraphic context are also provided in this book. The topics covered in this book apply for both marine and terrestrial ecosystems, and across invertebrates, vertebrates, and plants.