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The Rise and Fall of the Ediacaran Biota

Product Code: SP286
Series: GSL Special Publications
Author/Editor: Edited by P Vickers-Rich and P Komarower
Publication Date: 26 October 2007
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The Proterozoic and early Phanerozoic was a time punctuated by a series of significant events in Earth history. Glaciations of global scale wracked the planet, interfingered with dramatic changes in oceanic and atmospheric chemistry and marked changes in continental configuration. It was during these dynamic and ‘weedy’ times that metazoans first appeared. Their subsequent diversification culminated in the appearance of hard tissue skeletons and deep ‘farming’ of the marine substrate in late Proterozoic and first few millions of years of the Phanerozoic. The papers in this book deal specifically with the precise timing of physical events and teasing out of the effects which these changing environments, climates, global chemistry and palaeogeography had on the development and diversification of animals, resulting in the spectacular Ediacaran/Vendian faunas of the late Precambrian.

Type: Book
Ten Digit ISBN: 1-86239-233-1
Thirteen Digit ISBN: 978-1-86239-233-5
Publisher: GSL
Binding: Hardback
Pages: 456
Weight: 1.20 kg

Contents

Insights in the Neoproterozoic/Early Cambrian transition of NW Argentina: facies, environments and fossils in the Proto-Margin of Western Gondwana, G Acenolaza and F Acenolaza • Climates and climate zonality of the Vendian: geological evidence, N M Chumakov • Non-destructive method to detect the cycle of lamination in sedimentary rocks: rhythmite sequence in Neoproterozoic Cap carbonates, N Katsuta, B Tojo, M Takano, H Yoshioka, S Kawakami, T Ohno and M Kumazawa • Ediacaran rocks from the Cadomian basement of the Saxo-Thuringian Zone (NE Bohemian Massif, Germany): age constraints, geotectonic setting and basin development, U Linnemann • Siliciclastic prelude to Elatina-Nuccaleena deglaciation: lithostratigraphy and rock magnetism of the base of the Ediacaran System, T D Raub, D A D Evans and A V Smirnov • The rise and decline of the Ediacaran biota: palaeobiological and stable isotopic evidence from the NW and NE Lesser Himalaya, India, V C Tewari • Calcite-dolomite cycles in the Neoproterozoic Cap carbonates, Otavi Group, Namibia, B Tojo, N Katsuta, M Takano, S Kawakami and T Ohno • Correlating the Ediacaran of Australia, K Grey and C R Calver • 'Ediacaran' as a name for the newly designated terminal Proterozoic period, R J F Jenkins • First Early Cambrian Radiolaria, A Braun, J-Y Chen, D Waloszek and A Maas • Ciliated protozoans from the Precambrian Doushantuo Formation, Wengan, South China, Chia-Wei Li, J-Y Chen, J H Lipps, F Gao, H-M Chi and H-J Wu • New data on Kimberella, the Vendian mollusc-like organism (White Sea region, Russia): palaeoecological and evolutionary implications, M A Fedonkin, A Simonetta and A Y Ivantsov • Comment: future research directions for further analysis of Kimberella, P Trusler, J Stilwell and P Vickers-Rich • Ventogyrus, a possible siphonophore-like trilobozoan coelenterate from the Vendian Sequence (late Neoproterozoic), northern Russia, M A Fedonkin and A Y Ivantsov • The provenance and palaeobiology of a new multi-vaned, chambered frondose organism from the Ediacaran (later Neoproterozoic) of South Australia, R J F Jenkins and C Nedin • A brief review of the fossil record of the Ediacaran–Cambrian transition in the area of Montes de Toledo - Guadalupe, Spain, S Jensen, T Palacios and M Marti Mus • Morphology and taphonomy of an Ediacaran frond: Charnia from the Avalon Peninsula of Newfoundland, M Laflamme, G M Narbonne, C Greentree and M M Anderson • Comparative taphonomy of Vendian genera Beltanelloides and Nemiana: taxonomy and lifestyle, M V Leonov • Upper Vendian assemblages of Carbonaceous micro- and macrofossils in the White Sea Region: systematic and biostratigraphic aspects, M V Leonov and A L Ragozina • Ediacaria booleyi: weeded from the Garden of Ediacara? B A MacGabhann, J Murray and C J Nicholas • Discoidal fossils of the Ediacaran biota – a review of current understanding, B A MacGabhann • Biota in the terminal Proterozoic successions on the Indian subcontinent: a review, P K Maithy and G Kumar • Vendian Hiemalora from Arctic Siberia reinterpreted as holdfasts of benthic organisms, E A Serezhnikova • A new reconstruction of Protolyellia (Early Cambrian psammocoral), E Savazzi • Poriferan paraphyly and its implications for Precambrian paleobiology, E A Sperling, D Pisani and K J Peterson • Seeing ghosts: Neoproterozoic bilaterian body plans, J W Valentine • Towards a morphospace for the Ediacara biota, J B Antcliffe and M D Brasier • The nature of vendobionts, A Seilacher • Theoretical morphology of quilt structures in Ediacaran fossils, B Tojo, R Saito, S Kawakami and T Ohno • The Verdun Syndrome: simultaneous origin of protective armour and infaunal shelters at the Precambrian-Cambrian transition, J Dzik • The Cambrian 'basement' of gastropod evolution, P Y Parkhaev • Siliceous microfossils and biosiliceous sedimentation in the lowermost Cambrian of China, A Braun, J-Y Chen, D Waloszek and A Maas • Fleshing out the Ediacaran period, J G Gehling • Rugosoopsis – a new group of Upper Riphean animals, T N Hermann and V N Podkovyrov • Microstratigraphy of the Late Ediacaran to the Ordovician in Northwest Iran (Takab Area), S M Jafari, A Shemirani and B Hamdi • ?13C stratigraphy of the Birmania Basin, Rajasthan, India: implications for the Vendian-Cambrian Transition, A Maheshwari, A N Sial and S C Mathur • Sprigg, Glaessner and Wade and the discovery and international recognition of the Ediacaran fauna, S Turner and P Vickers-Rich • Saline giants, cold cradles and global playgrounds of Neoproterozoic Earth: the origin of the Animalia, P Vickers-Rich

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