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Early Palaeozoic Biogeography and Palaeogeography

Product Code: M0038
Series: GSL Memoirs - print copy
Author/Editor: Edited by D.A.T. Harper & T. Servais
Publication Date: 22 January 2014
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Memoir 38

The Early Palaeozoic was a critical interval in the evolution of marine life on our planet. Through a window of some 120 million years, the Cambrian Explosion, Great Ordovician Biodiversification Event, End Ordovician Extinction and the subsequent Silurian Recovery established a steep trajectory of increasing marine biodiversity that started in the Late Proterozoic and continued into the Devonian. Biogeography is a key property of virtually all organisms; their distributional ranges, mapped out on a mosaic of changing palaeogeography, have played important roles in modulating the diversity and evolution of marine life. This Memoir first introduces the content, some of the concepts involved in describing and interpreting palaeobiogeography, and the changing Early Palaeozoic geography is illustrated through a series of time slices. The subsequent 26 chapters, compiled by some 130 authors from over 20 countries, describe and analyse distributional and in many cases diversity data for all the major biotic groups plotted on current palaeogeographic maps. Nearly a quarter of a century after the publication of the ‘Green Book’ (Geological Society, London, Memoir 12, edited by McKerrow and Scotese), improved stratigraphic and taxonomic data together with more accurate, digitized palaeogeographic maps, have confirmed the central role of palaeobiogeography in understanding the evolution of Early Palaeozoic ecosystems and their biotas. 


Published online 27/11/2013. Print copy available from 22/01/2014.

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Type: Book
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Thirteen Digit ISBN: 978-186239-373-8
Publisher: GSL
Binding: Hardback
Pages: 490
Weight: 2.25 kg


HARPER, D. A. T. & SERVAIS, T. Early Palaeozoic biogeography and palaeogeography: towards a modern synthesis

TORSVIK, T. H. & COCKS, L. R. M. New global palaeogeographical reconstructions for the Early Palaeozoic and their generation

SERVAIS, T., CECCA, F., HARPER, D. A. T., ISOZAKI, Y. & NIOCAILL, C. M. Palaeozoic palaeogeographical and palaeobiogeographical nomenclature

HENDRICKS, J. R. Global distributional dynamics of Cambrian clades as revealed by Burgess Shale-type deposits

JENSEN, S., BUATOIS, L. A.&MáNGANO, M. G. Testing for palaeogeographical patterns in the distribution of Cambrian trace fossils

KERNER, A. & DEBRENNE, F. The role of Archaeocyatha in Cambrian biostratigraphy and biogeography

NESTOR, H. &WEBBY, B. D. Biogeography of the Ordovician and Silurian Stromatoporoidea

MUIR, L. A., BOTTING, J. P., CARRERA, M. G. & BERESI, M. Cambrian, Ordovician and Silurian non-stromatoporoid Porifera

ELIAS, R. J., YOUNG, G. A., LEE, D.-J. & BAE, B.-Y. Coral biogeography in the Late Ordovician (Cincinnatian) of Laurentia

POPOV, L. E., HOLMER, L. E., BASSETT, M. G., GHOBADI POUR, M. & PERCIVAL, I. G. Biogeography of Ordovician linguliform and craniiform brachiopods

HARPER, D. A. T., RASMUSSEN, C. M. Ø., LILJEROTH, M., BLODGETT, R. B., CANDELA, Y., JIN, J., PERCIVAL, I. G., RONG, J.-Y., VILLAS, E. & ZHAN, R.-B. Biodiversity, biogeography and phylogeography of Ordovician rhynchonelliform brachiopods

BUTTLER, C. J., JACKSON, P. N. W., ERNST, A. & MCKINNEY, F. K. A review of the Early Palaeozoic biogeography of bryozoans

ZAMORA, S., LEFEBVRE, B., ÁLVARO, J. J., CLAUSEN, S., ELICKI, O., FATKA, O., JELL, P., KOUCHINSKY, A., LIN, J.-P., NARDIN, E., PARSLEY, R., ROZHNOV, S., SPRINKLE, J., SUMRALL, C. D., VIZCAÏNO, D. & SMITH, A. B. Cambrian echinoderm diversity and palaeobiogeography

LEFEBVRE, B., SUMRALL, C. D., SHROAT-LEWIS, R. A., REICH, M., WEBSTER, G. D., HUNTER, A. W., NARDIN, E., ROZHNOV, S. V., GUENSBURG, T. E., TOUZEAU, A., NOAILLES, F. & SPRINKLE, J. Palaeobiogeography of Ordovician echinoderms

EBBESTAD, J. O. R., FRÝDA, J., WAGNER, P. J., HORNÝ , R. J., ISAKAR, M., STEWART, S., PERCIVAL, I. G., BERTERO, V., ROHR, D. M., PEEL, J. S., BLODGETT, R. B. & HÖGSTRÖM, A. E. S. Biogeography of Ordovician and Silurian gastropods, monoplacophorans and mimospirids

COPE, J. C. W. & KŘĺŽ, J. The Lower Palaeozoic palaeobiogeography of Bivalvia

AMLER, M. R. W. & ROGALLA, N. S. Biogeographical distribution patterns in Early Palaeozoic Rostroconchia (Mollusca)

ERIKSSON, M. E., HINTS, O., PAXTON, H. & TONAROVÁ , P. Ordovician and Silurian polychaete diversity and biogeography

ÁLVARO, J. J., AHLBERG, P., BABCOCK, L. E., BORDONARO, O. L., CHOI, D. K., COOPER, R. A., ERGALIEV, G. Kh., GAPP, I. W., GHOBADI POUR, M., HUGHES, N. C., JAGO, J. B., KOROVNIKOV, I., LAURIE, J. R., LIEBERMAN, B. S., PATERSON, J. R., PEGEL, T. V., POPOV, L. E., RUSHTON, A. W. A., SUKHOV, S. S., TORTELLO, M. F., ZHOU, Z. & ŻYLIŃSKA, A. Global Cambrian trilobite palaeobiogeography assessed using parsimony analysis of endemicity

ADRAIN, J. M. A synopsis of Ordovician trilobite distribution and diversity

MEIDLA, T., TINN, O., SALAS, M. J.,WILLIAMS, M., SIVETER, D., VANDENBROUCKE, T. R. A. & SABBE, K. Biogeographical patterns of Ordovician ostracods

PERRIER, V. & SIVETER, D. J. Testing Silurian palaeogeography using ‘European’ ostracod faunas

MOLYNEUX, S. G., DELABROYE, A., WICANDER, R. & SERVAIS, T. Biogeography of early to mid Palaeozoic (Cambrian–Devonian) marine phytoplankton

VANDENBROUCKE, T. R. A., ARMSTRONG, H. A.,WILLIAMS, M., PARIS, F., SABBE, K.& ZALASIEWICZ, J. A. Late Ordovician zooplankton maps and the climate of the Early Palaeozoic Icehouse

DANELIAN, T., NOBLE, P., POUILLE, L. & MALETZ, J. Palaeogeographical distribution of Ordovician Radiolarian occurrences: patterns, significance and limitations

GOLDMAN, D., MALETZ, J., MELCHIN, M. J. & JUNXUAN, F. Graptolite palaeobiogeography

KRÖGER, B. Cambrian–Ordovician cephalopod palaeogeography and diversity

ŽIGAITĖ, Ž. & BLIECK, A. Palaeobiogeography of Early Palaeozoic vertebrates

WELLMAN, C. H., STEEMANS, P. & VECOLI, M. Palaeophytogeography of Ordovician–Silurian land plants 461



Dmitry A. Ruban, Southern Federal University, Rostov na Donu, Russia

Review featured in Geologos 20.2 (2014)

The reader can find various approaches for quantification, visualization, and interpretation of palaeontological data in this book. The volume is not overfilled with math formulas and complicated calculations, and the approaches used by the authors can be followed easily by the reader. There are also numerous conclusions that may become starting points for further research.

The readers will also appreciate numerous figures and graphs (sometimes colourful), as well as tables. It should be noted that some supplementary data are also presented online, and links to them are indicated properly. Thus this volume is ‘purely’ academic, and reading it requires a good background in palaeobiogeography and palaeobiology. However, graduate students with experience in these fields will enjoy it as much as professionals.

This book will be judged as an outstanding synthesis of the knowledge for many years if not decades, even despite updates and developments that will probably follow soon.

Arthur Tingley

Featured in Geoscientist April 2015

It draws together a lot of specialist detail and presents the results of multidisciplinary collaboration between scientists at the leading edge of their game.
There are 26 chapters by over 140 authors, in a densely written format covering dominantly the Cambrian and Ordovician, with some excursions into the Silurian – up to Priddoli where warranted.
While most of the book will be of immediate interest to working and aspiring palaeontologists, especially those with good palaeobiolexidexterous tendencies. For the rest of us, the best advice is to read the first three chapters, and then dip into the rest slowly.
Publications of this type are intended as a communication between experts, but it would be a shame to keep the developing story of the Earth’s radiative evolution a ‘secret’ among so few friends.


Featured in Zentralblatt fur Geologie und Palaontologie

The book is illustrated richly. Particularly, diversity trends and palaeobiogeographical patterns are always demonstrated clearly.

All palaeontologists and stratigraphers working with the Early Paleozoic time slices will use and praise this tome for a long time. Its richness is almost unlimited, and researchers can dig it for conclusions even more far-going that those made by the contributors to this volume

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