Ecology, Quaternary paleoecology, and deep-time paleobiology all share a common root in the mid-19th Century natural history of Darwin, Lyell, Forbes, and others. My copy of Lyell's Principles of Geology (Lyell, 1853), for example, includes extensive discussions of modern biogeography and ecological processes (competition, dispersal, colonization, population growth), Quaternary climatic changes and biotic responses, and fossil sequences predating the Quaternary. Although we could hardly describe Lyell's treatment of these topics as well-integrated from a modern standpoint, he and his contemporaries clearly were trying to develop a unified framework for understanding the short- and long-term processes that govern...

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