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A quantitative study of benthic faunal patterns within the Pennsylvanian and Early Permian

Nicole Bonuso and David J. Bottjer
A quantitative study of benthic faunal patterns within the Pennsylvanian and Early Permian
Palaios (August 2006) 21 (4): 316-324


Using abundance data, this study explores quantitative patterns from marine benthos, including implications for paleogeography, depositional environment, stratigraphic position, taxonomic groups (brachiopod or mollusc), substrate preferences, and ecological niches. Twenty-nine brachiopod- and bivalve-dominated fossil assemblages from the Pennsylvanian and Early Permian of North and South America, Thailand, and Australia were analyzed from carbonate-platform environments; specifically, Nevada, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, New Mexico, Venezuela, Kanchanaburi (Thailand), and Queensland (Australia). Samples were categorized by paleogeographic location, depositional environment, and age to help differentiate factors controlling the faunal patterns. Pooled from primary and summary literature resources, 336,321 specimens were identified to genus level and classified in terms of taxonomic membership, substrate preference, and ecological niche. Data were analyzed using detrended correspondence analysis (DCA) and multi-response permutation procedure cross-validated a-priori categories (e.g., paleogeography, depositional environment, stratigraphic position, and specimen ecology). Multivariate analyses indicate that the separation between genera and the orthogonal trends implies that paleoecological patterns within the studied late Paleozoic faunal associations were influenced strongly by the abundance of sessile versus mobile faunal components.

ISSN: 0883-1351
Serial Title: Palaios
Serial Volume: 21
Serial Issue: 4
Title: A quantitative study of benthic faunal patterns within the Pennsylvanian and Early Permian
Affiliation: University of Southern California, Department of Earth Sciences, Los Angeles, CA, United States
Pages: 316-324
Published: 200608
Text Language: English
Publisher: Society for Sedimentary Geology, Tulsa, OK, United States
References: 32
Accession Number: 2006-071556
Categories: Invertebrate paleontology
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus. incl. 3 tables
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Country of Publication: United States
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2017, American Geosciences Institute. Reference includes data from GeoScienceWorld, Alexandria, VA, United States. Reference includes data supplied by SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology), Tulsa, OK, United States
Update Code: 200641
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