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A synopsis of Ordovician trilobite distribution and diversity

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Jonathan M. Adrain
Jonathan M. Adrain
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January 01, 2013

Abstract

Ordovician trilobites are reviewed based on a new species-level relational database. The stratigraphical ranges of all 56 families with occurrences in the Ordovician are documented and the content, phylogenetic status, diversity and Ordovician distribution by major palaeocontinent/terrane are discussed. Aspects of higher classification are also dealt with. Global sampling is heavily biased towards a small number of highly sampled areas. Much of the world has a very limited record of formally named trilobite species. Even within heavily sampled units, sampling is patchy by environment and time. Genus endemism was at a peak in Laurentia, Baltic, and Avalonia in the Floian and declined more-or-less steadily through the remainder of the Ordovician.

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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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