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The Paleobiological RevolutionEssays on the Growth of Modern Paleontology$
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David Sepkoski and Michael Ruse

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780226748610

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226748597.001.0001

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Biogeography and Evolution in the Early Paleozoic

Biogeography and Evolution in the Early Paleozoic

(p.60) Chapter Three Biogeography and Evolution in the Early Paleozoic
The Paleobiological Revolution

Richard A. Fortey

University of Chicago Press

This chapter examines the distribution and evolution of marine life in the early Paleozoic. It discusses the pioneering work of Alfred Russel Wallace who recognized the differences in geographical and taxonomic distribution of organisms across the so-called Wallace's Line. This chapter also explains the lessons of recent studies of biogeography and biodiversity for paleobiology and stresses the need to continue the study of broad patterns and detailed empirical taxonomic work to solve problems in biogeography and evolution.

Keywords:   marine life, early Paleozoic, Alfred Russel Wallace, geographical distribution, taxonomic distribution, Wallace Line, biogeography, biodiversity, paleobiology, evolution

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