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

Product Code: MPTCL
Series: Miscellaneous titles
Author/Editor: Edited by Nicholas C. Fraser and Hands-Dieter Sues
Publication Date: 14 November 2017
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Published by Dunedin. Stocked by GSL from 14 November 2017.

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. The volume is 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.

Type: Book
Ten Digit ISBN:
Thirteen Digit ISBN: 9781780460147
Publisher: Dunedin Academic Press
Binding: Hardback
Pages: 356
Weight: 1.51 kg


Introduction to conservation Lagerstätten

1. Rhynie Chert (Early Devonian, Scotland); 

2. East Kirkton (Early Carboniferous, Scotland); 

3. Madygen Formation (Middle or Late Triassic, Kyrgyzstan); 

4. Solite Quarry (Late Triassic, USA); 

5. Yanliao Biota (late Middle Jurassic to early Late Jurassic, China); 

6. Jehol Group (Early Cretaceous, China); 

7. Santana Formation (Early Cretaceous, Brazil); 

8. Messel (Eocene, Germany); 

9. Amber (Mesozoic- Cenozoic, worldwide). References. 



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