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Journal: Paleobiology
Published: 06 February 2017
Paleobiology (2017) 43 (2): 196-208.
... to operate in various multicellular taxa, thus providing a widely applicable explanation for the origin of latitudinal diversity gradients. Our results contrast with the conventional wisdom that net diversification is responsible for species diversity gradients, rather than geographic...
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Journal: Paleobiology
Published: 01 August 2007
Paleobiology (2007) 33 (3): 351-381.
... loop at one end and opening with a slight divergence at the opposite end. The ridges are interpreted as casts of sediment-laden mucus strings formed by the movement of multicellular or syncytial organisms along a muddy surface. The taxa Myxomitodes stirlingensis n. igen., n. isp., are introduced...
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Journal: Paleobiology
Published: 01 February 2018
Paleobiology (2018) 44 (1): 40-57.
...Emily G. Mitchell; Nicholas J. Butterfield AbstractBedding-plane assemblages of Ediacaran fossils from Mistaken Point, Newfoundland, are among the oldest known records of complex multicellular life on Earth (dated to ~565 Ma). The in situ preservation of these sessile but otherwise deeply...
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Published: 01 July 2009
Journal of Paleontology (2009) 83 (4): 503-523.
... of the nearly 100 specimens are juvenile rangeomorphs, an extinct Ediacaran clade that numerically dominated the early evolution of complex multicellular life. Spaniard's Bay rangeomorphs are characterized by cm-scale architectural elements exhibiting self-similar branching over several fractal scales that were...
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Journal: Paleobiology
Published: 01 January 2005
Paleobiology (2005) 31 (2_Suppl): 94-112.
... that he reiterated for the next 13 years. These ideas set the agenda for much subsequent research. Since 1989 cladistic analyses have accommodated most of the problematic Cambrian taxa as stem groups of living taxa. Morphological disparity has been shown to be similar in Cambrian times as now. Konservat...
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Journal: Geology
Published: 19 October 2017
Geology (2017) 45 (12): 1079-1082.
... assemblage. Eight genera include the second occurrence of the putative multicellular fossil animal embryo Megasphaera outside South China, the Doushantuo-Pertatataka–type acanthomorphic acritarchs h Cavaspina, and Variomargosphaeridium, and the possible alga Archaeophycus yunnanensis. The assemblage occurs...
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Published: 22 December 2016
Journal of Paleontology (2016) 91 (2): 199-229.
...., Symplassosphaeridium spp., and a large compartmentalized multicellular form—unnamed form A), and two filamentous taxa ( Tortunema sp. and unnamed form F). Some of the Roper colonial and filamentous microfossils are interpreted as probable cyanobacteria because of both their occurrence...
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Published: 01 March 2002
Journal of Paleontology (2002) 76 (2): 347-376.
... 100 macrofossil species have been described from Miaohe shales, but in an examination of published and new materials, we recognize only about twenty distinct taxa, including Aggregatosphaera miaoheensis new gen. and sp. Most of these fossils can be interpreted unambiguously as colonial prokaryotes...
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Journal: Paleobiology
Published: 01 January 2002
Paleobiology (2002) 28 (1): 41-54.
... as an epifaunal clamping animal, and slow growth (low expansion rates) and metabolism. Further compartmentalization, together with increased metabolic rates in ecologically dominant taxa, caused the morphospace to expand both in the number of independent descriptors and in the range of values that each parameter...
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Journal: Paleobiology
Published: 01 January 2002
Paleobiology (2002) 28 (3): 308-327.
... of the demonstration, we also show how results can be transformed into a quantitative estimate of an upper limit on bias. Finally, we place the question of bias in a larger context, arguing that the same criteria and methods we employ here can be used to test for bias in other colonial taxa, and also at other...
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Published: 01 March 2001
Journal of Paleontology (2001) 75 (2): 427-448.
... ). In addition to these common Proterozoic taxa, the Burovaya microbiota contains rare remnants of multicellular trichomes and some microfossils of ellipsoidal morphology. Among the multicellular trichomes the most abundant are Oscillatoriopsis obtusa Schopf, 1968 , with cell width 4.5–6.5 μm and cell length...
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Series: GSA Special Papers
Published: 01 January 1970
DOI: 10.1130/SPE127-p247
.... Evolutionary rates in protists are comparable to those of multicellular organisms, although attainment of variability, isolation mechanisms, and selection processes differ. The apparent exponential increase of phytoplankton taxa at successive periods in their geologic history is related to their mutation-based...
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Journal: Geology
Published: 01 January 2017
Geology (2017) 45 (1): 75-78.
... , doi:10.1038/ngeo2434. Herron , M.D. , Rashidi , A. , Shelton , D.E. , and Driscoll , W.W. , 2013 , Cellular differentiation and individuality in the ‘minor’ multicellular taxa : Biological Reviews of the Cambridge Philosophical Society , v. 88 , p. 844 – 861 , doi:10.1111...
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Published: 01 March 2014
Journal of Paleontology (2014) 88 (2): 263-268.
... segments such as those of Elainabella . In addition, Elainabella is not similar to any taxa of multicellular algae described by Xiao et al. (2004 ) from the Weng'an locality of the Doushantuo, or those documented by Yuan et al. (1999) from the Ediacaran Lantian Formation of South China. Thus none...
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Journal: Paleobiology
Published: 01 January 2000
Paleobiology (2000) 26 (3): 386-404.
... formation shows Bangiomorpha pubescens to have been sexually reproducing, the oldest reported occurrence in the fossil record. Sex was critical for the subsequent success of eukaryotes, not so much for the advantages of genetic recombination, but because it allowed for complex multicellularity...
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Journal: Paleobiology
Published: 01 May 2007
Paleobiology (2007) 33 (2): 182-200.
... eukaryotic cell, the aggregation of single eukaryotic cells to form complex multicellular organisms, and finally, the association of multicellular organisms to form complex colonial individuals. These transitions together constitute one of the most salient and certain trends in the history of life...
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Journal: Paleobiology
Published: 01 January 2001
Paleobiology (2001) 27 (2): 405-423.
... of prokaryotic cells, of multicellular organisms from clones of eukaryotic cells, and of integrated colonies from aggregates of multicellular individuals. Arranged in order of first occurrence, these three transitions suggest a trend, in particular a trend in the maximum, or an increase in the degree...
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Published: 01 September 2005
Journal of Paleontology (2005) 79 (5): 1040-1042.
... the basic scientific substance of this book in chapter 2, “Palaeobiology of the Doushantuo Formation.” This long chapter begins with a review of the research history and a summary of the geology and biostratigraphy of the major fossil sites; it then presents a systematic survey of the well-preserved taxa...
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Journal: Paleobiology
Published: 01 January 2001
Paleobiology (2001) 27 (2): 327-347.
...% of the tropical species diversity by the latest Paleocene. Tropical taxa with biased coiling suffered a second extinction in the late early Eocene and renewed a trend toward an increased abundance of species with biased coiling in the middle Eocene.Our results for the Paleogene reflect a recurring theme...
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Published: 03 May 2017
Journal of the Geological Society (2017) 174 (5): 793-802.
... the Weng'an Biota includes forms that could be animals, none can currently be assigned to this group with confidence. Nonetheless, the biota offers a rare and valuable window on the evolution of multicellular and soft-bodied organisms in the prelude to the Cambrian radiation. To summarize, Tianzhushania...
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