I welcome the interest shown and comments presented by Playford and colleagues, but I feel that these have quite overlooked the central observations and conclusions presented in Wood (2000a).

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No one could possibly dispute the severity of the Late Devonian (Frasnian/Famennian) mass extinction event, which, in particular, caused the decimation of diverse, shallow tropical marine biota. Received opinion has long held, however, that reefs survived this catastrophic event only as low-diversity, purely microbial, and ecologically simple communities. My observations at Windjana Gorge in the Canning basin overturn these assumptions: the truth is far more complex, and indeed far more...

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