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Echinoderm Paleobiology William I. Ausich

Echinoderm Paleobiology

William I. Ausich

Published July 1st 2008
ISBN : 9780253351289
Hardcover
472 pages
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The dominant faunal elements in shallow Paleozoic oceans, echinoderms are important to understanding these marine ecosystems. Echinoderms (which include such animals as sea stars, crinoids or sea lilies, sea urchins, sand dollars, and sea cucumbers)MoreThe dominant faunal elements in shallow Paleozoic oceans, echinoderms are important to understanding these marine ecosystems. Echinoderms (which include such animals as sea stars, crinoids or sea lilies, sea urchins, sand dollars, and sea cucumbers) have left a rich and, for science, extremely useful fossil record. For various reasons, they provide the ideal source for answers to the questions that will help us develop a more complete understanding of global environmental and biodiversity changes. This volume highlights the modern study of fossil echinoderms and is organized into five parts: echinoderm paleoecology, functional morphology, and paleoecology- evolutionary paleoecology- morphology for refined phylogenetic studies- innovative applications of data encoded in echinoderms- and information on new crinoid data sets.