Abstract

Theoretical and empirical studies suggest that sea-level change was a fundamental parameter determining the distribution of fossil marine organisms. Although a similar relationship is generally assumed for the continental fossil record, this intuition remains speculative. Quantitative evidence reveals no correlation between sea-level variations and the distribution of continental tetrapods in the Late Jurassic–Eocene interval. The quality of the continental fossil record depends on many more factors than just eustatic changes.

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