By Barry D. Webby,Florentin Paris,Mary L. Droser,Ian G. Percival

Two of the best evolutionary occasions within the historical past of lifestyles on the earth happened in the course of Early Paleozoic time. the 1st was once the Cambrian explosion of skeletonized marine animals approximately 540 million years in the past. the second one used to be the "Great Ordovician Biodiversification Event," that is the point of interest of this publication. through the 46-million-year Ordovician interval (489--443 m.y.), a bewildering array of adaptive radiations of "Paleozoic- and Modern-type" biotas seemed in marine habitats, the 1st animals (arthropods) walked on land, and the 1st non-vascular bryophyte-like vegetation (based on their cryptospore checklist) colonized terrestrial components with damp environments.

This e-book represents a compilation by way of a wide staff of Ordovician experts from around the globe, who've enthusiastically cooperated to provide this primary globally oriented, across the world backed IGCP (International Geological Correlation software) venture on Ordovician biotas. the most important half is an meeting of genus- and species-level variety facts for the numerous Ordovician fossil teams. The ebook additionally offers an evaluate of the way each one staff varied via Ordovician time, with exams of styles of swap and premiums of origination and extinction. As such, it is going to develop into the normal paintings and information resource for biotic experiences at the Ordovician Period.

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Of the best evolutionary occasions within the historical past of existence in the world happened in the course of Early Paleozoic time. the 1st was once the Cambrian explosion of skeletonized marine animals approximately 540 million years in the past. the second one used to be the "Great Ordovician Biodiversification Event," that is the point of interest of this ebook.

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