A. Yu. Zhuravlev and R. Riding (Editors), 2000, Columbia University Press, New York, 576 p. (Hardcover $85.00) ISBN: 0-231-10612-2; (Softcover $40.00) ISBN: 0-231-10612-0.

The title of this book certainly grabs one's attention. The Cambrian Radiation was one of the pivotal points in the history of life, and the roles of intrinsic biological factors (e.g., Stanley, 1973) and extrinsic physical factors (e.g., Rhodes and Morse, 1971) have been debated for more than thirty years. Despite this long interest in the triggering mechanisms, surprisingly little has been published on the paleoecology of the radiation. This book is an important step...

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