Problematic Fossil Taxa

Problematic Fossil Taxa

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No single prescription can tell us how to deal with problematic fossil taxa. The fact that there is very little evidence is demonstrated in the highly divergent interpretations of a number of problematica. The editors of this volume provide the reader with updated ideas on most of the major problematic fossil taxa, showing that a sweeping change in the paradigm of study is under way. The contributors focus particularly on Early Paleozoic organisms, although Precambrian biota are also discussed. Each fossil group is discussed by an international specialist on the group, and the book is comprehensively illustrated with fossil photographs and diagrams.
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  • Hardback | 276 pages
  • 182.88 x 259.08 x 25.4mm | 612.35g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • figures, tables
  • 0195039920
  • 9780195039924

Table of contents

Stefan Bengtson: Introduction: the problem of the Problematica; Jack A Babcock: The puzzle of the alga-like Problematica, or rummaging around in the algal wastebasket; Matthew H Nitecki: Receptaculitids and their relationship to other problematic fossils; Andrey Yu Zhuravlev: Radiocyathids; Ellis L Yochelson & Richard H Lindemann: Considerations on systematic placement of the styliolines (Incertae sedis: Devonian); Mikhail A Fedonkin: Precambrian problematic animals: their body plan and phylogeny; George D Stanley Jr: Chondrophorine hydrozoans as problematic fossils; A Yu Rozanov: Problematica of the Early Cambrian; Stefan Bengtson, S Crosbie Matthews, & Vladimir V Missarzhevsky: The Cambrian netlike fossil; Jerzy Dzik: Turrilepadida and other Machaeridia; Loren E Babcock & Rodney M Feldmann: The phylum Conulariida; Barry D Webby: Early stromatoporoids; Derek E G Briggs & Simon Conway Morris: Problematica from the Middle Cambrian Burgess Shale of British Columbia; Adam Urbanek: The enigma of graptolite ancestry: lesson from a phylogenetic debate; Richard J Aldridge & Derek E G Briggs: Conodonts; Jerzy Dzik: Chordate affinities of the conodonts; Indexes.
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