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The Great Ordovician Biodiversification Event: Insights from the Tafilalt Biota, Morocco

Product Code: SP485
Series: GSL Special Publications - print copy
Author/Editor: Edited by: A.W. Hunter, J.J. Álvaro, B. Lefebvre, P. Van Roy, S. Zamora
Publication Date: 22 June 2022
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About 40 million years after the Cambrian Explosion, the Great Ordovician Biodiversification Event (GOBE) represents a second and dramatic burst in marine biodiversity, with major changes in the structure of ecosystems and the progressive replacement of the distinctive Cambrian Evolutionary Fauna by the Paleozoic Evolutionary Fauna. However, the GOBE is not a single, worldwide, short-term event, but rather the complex sum of successive diversifications occurring in distinct taxonomic groups, trophic guilds and regions. This book focuses on the Late Ordovician Tafilalt Biota, Anti-Atlas Morocco, which provides a snapshot of the GOBE in high-latitude regions of the Southern Hemisphere. A series of contributions explore different aspects of the Tafilalt Biota, including its geological setting, the international fossil trade in this area and a series of detailed systematic contributions describing many new taxa of marine invertebrates. This volume represents a significant contribution to the understanding of the Tafilalt Biota and its significance to the GOBE.

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Type: Book
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Thirteen Digit ISBN: 9781786204073
Publisher: GSL
Binding: Hardback
Pages: 615
Weight: 1.5 kg



Hunter, A. W., Álvaro, J. J., Lefebvre, B., Van Roy, P. and Zamora, S. An introduction to the Great Ordovician Biodiversification Event: insights from the Tafilalt Biota, Morocco

Geological and faunal context

Lefebvre, B., Van Roy, P., Zamora, S., Gutiérrez-Marco, J. C. and Nohejlová, M. The Late Ordovician Tafilalt Biota, Anti-Atlas, Morocco: A high-latitude perspective on the GOBE

Álvaro, J. J., Benharref, M., Destombes, J., Gutiérrez-Marco, J. C., Hunter, A. W., Lefebvre, B., Van Roy, P. and Zamora, S. Ordovician stratigraphy and benthic community replacements in the eastern Anti-Atlas, Morocco

International fossil trade

Gutiérrez-Marco, J. C. and García-Bellido, D. C. The international fossil trade from the Paleozoic of the Anti-Atlas, Morocco

Early Paleozoic faunas from the Anti-Atlas

Gutiérrez-Marco, J. C., Pereira, S., García-Bellido, D. C. and Rábano, I. Ordovician trilobites from the Tafilalt Lagerstätte: new data and reappraisal of the Bou Nemrou assemblage

Budil, P. and Fatka, O. Ordovician trilobites with soft parts in African West Gondwana, European peri-Gondwana and Avalonia: a review

Colmenar, J., Villas, E. and Rasmussen, C. M. Ø. A synopsis of Late Ordovician brachiopod diversity in the Anti-Atlas, Morocco

Villas, E. and Colmenar, J. Brachiopods from the Upper Ordovician of Erfoud (eastern Anti-Atlas, Morocco) and the stratigraphic correlation of the bryozoan-rich Khabt-el Hajar Formation

Van Iten, H., Gutiérrez-Marco, J. C., Muir, L. A., Simões, M. G. and Leme, J. M. Ordovician conulariids (Scyphozoa) from the Upper Tiouririne Formation (Katian), eastern Anti-Atlas Mountains, southern Morocco Ernst, A. Upper Ordovician bryozoans of Morocco

Gutiérrez-Marco, J. C., Muir, L. A. and Mitchell, C. E. Upper Ordovician planktic and benthic graptolites and a possible hydroid from the Tafilalt Biota, southeastern Morocco

Ebbestad, J. O. R., Polechová, M., Kröger, B. and Gutiérrez-Marco, J. C. Late Ordovician molluscs of the central and eastern Anti-Atlas, Morocco

Muir, L. A., Botting, J. P., Walker, S. N. A., Schiffbauer, J. D. and MacGabhann, B. A. Onuphionella corusca sp. nov.: an early Cambrian-type agglutinated tube from Upper Ordovician strata of Morocco

Echinoderm Lagerstätten

Lefebvre, B., Nohejlová, M., Kašička, L. and Zicha, O. New peri-Gondwanan occurrences of the Ordovician genus Diamphidiocystis (Echinodermata, Stylophora): implications for mitrocystitid palaeobiogeography and diversity

Lefebvre, B., Nohejlová, M., Martin, E. L. O., Kašička, L., Zicha, O. and Gutiérrez-Marco, J. C. New Middle and Late Ordovician cornute stylophorans (Echinodermata) from Morocco and other peri-Gondwanan areas

Nohejlová, M. and Lefebvre, B. Late Ordovician solutan echinoderms from the Western Tafilalt, Morocco

Botting, J. P. Late Ordovician crinoids from the Anti-Atlas region of Morocco

Sumrall, C. D. and Zamora, S. New Upper Ordovician edrioasteroids from Morocco

Zamora, S. and Sumrall, C. D. Hexedriocystis, an aberrant echinoderm from the Upper Ordovician of Morocco

Zamora, S., Nardin, E., Esteve, J. and Gutiérrez-Marco, J. C. New rhombiferan blastozoans (Echinodermata) from the Late Ordovician of Morocco

Zamora, S. and Sumrall, C. D. The first report of coronates (echinodermata) from Africa



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