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Palaeozoic palaeogeographical and palaeobiogeographical nomenclature

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Thomas Servais
Thomas Servais
UMR 8212 Géosystèmes, CNRS-Lille 1, Université Lille 1, Avenue Paul Langevin, Bâtiment SN5, F-59655 Villeneuve d’Ascq, France
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Fabrizio Cecca
Fabrizio Cecca
UPMC, Université Paris 06, UMR CNRS 7207, CR2P-MNHN, case 104, 4 place Jussieu, F-75252 Paris Cedex 05, France
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David A. T. Harper
David A. T. Harper
Palaeoecosystems Group, Department of Earth Sciences, Durham University, Durham DH1 3LE, UK
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Yukio Isozaki
Yukio Isozaki
Department of Earth Science and Astronomy, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Tokyo, 3-8-1 Komaba, Meguro, Tokyo 153-8902, Japan
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Conall Mac Niocaill
Conall Mac Niocaill
Department of Earth Sciences, University of Oxford, South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3AN, UK
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Published:
January 01, 2013

Abstract

Palaeogeographers, geographers and structural geologists use different well-defined terms to designate continental and tectonic units, whereas biogeographers, palaeobiogeographers and palaeontologists use a wide range of subjective terminologies to describe biogeographical and palaeobiogeographical units. The absence of clear definitions and of rules or guidelines for palaeobiogeographical nomenclature has resulted in frequent misunderstandings and general confusion, in particular when applied to ancient time periods, such as the Palaeozoic. Palaeogeographical and palaeobiogeographical terminology used in Palaeozoic geology and palaeontology is reviewed, and recent attempts to standardize palaeobiogeographical nomenclature summarized. We make a number of proposals for future use of terms to avoid confusion and misunderstandings.

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Geological Society, London, Memoirs

Early Palaeozoic Biogeography and Palaeogeography

D. A. T. Harper
D. A. T. Harper
Durham University, UK
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T. Servais
T. Servais
CNRS–Université de Lille 1, France
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Geological Society of London
Volume
38
ISBN electronic:
9781862396425
Publication date:
January 01, 2013

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