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Cyclicity in the fossil record mirrors rock outcrop area.
Biol Lett. 2005 Dec 22; 1(4):443-5.BL

Abstract

In a recent article, Rohde & Muller (Rohde & Muller 2005 Nature 434, 208-210) identified a strong 62 Myr cyclicity in the history of marine diversity through the Phanerozoic. The data they presented were highly convincing, yet they were unable to explain what process might have generated this pattern. A significant correlation between observed genus-level diversity (after removal of long-term trends) and the amount of marine sedimentary rock measured at a surface outcrop in Western Europe is demonstrated. This suggests that cyclicity originates from long-term changes in sedimentary depositional and erosional regimes, and raises the strong possibility that the cyclicity apparent in the record of marine fossils is not a biological signal but a sampling signal.

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Department of Palaeontology,The Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD, UK. a.smith@nhm.ac.ukNo affiliation info available

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Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

17148228

Citation

Smith, Andrew B., and Alistair J. McGowan. "Cyclicity in the Fossil Record Mirrors Rock Outcrop Area." Biology Letters, vol. 1, no. 4, 2005, pp. 443-5.
Smith AB, McGowan AJ. Cyclicity in the fossil record mirrors rock outcrop area. Biol Lett. 2005;1(4):443-5.
Smith, A. B., & McGowan, A. J. (2005). Cyclicity in the fossil record mirrors rock outcrop area. Biology Letters, 1(4), 443-5.
Smith AB, McGowan AJ. Cyclicity in the Fossil Record Mirrors Rock Outcrop Area. Biol Lett. 2005 Dec 22;1(4):443-5. PubMed PMID: 17148228.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Cyclicity in the fossil record mirrors rock outcrop area. AU - Smith,Andrew B, AU - McGowan,Alistair J, PY - 2006/12/7/pubmed PY - 2007/2/7/medline PY - 2006/12/7/entrez SP - 443 EP - 5 JF - Biology letters JO - Biol Lett VL - 1 IS - 4 N2 - In a recent article, Rohde & Muller (Rohde & Muller 2005 Nature 434, 208-210) identified a strong 62 Myr cyclicity in the history of marine diversity through the Phanerozoic. The data they presented were highly convincing, yet they were unable to explain what process might have generated this pattern. A significant correlation between observed genus-level diversity (after removal of long-term trends) and the amount of marine sedimentary rock measured at a surface outcrop in Western Europe is demonstrated. This suggests that cyclicity originates from long-term changes in sedimentary depositional and erosional regimes, and raises the strong possibility that the cyclicity apparent in the record of marine fossils is not a biological signal but a sampling signal. SN - 1744-9561 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/17148228/Cyclicity_in_the_fossil_record_mirrors_rock_outcrop_area_ L2 - https://royalsocietypublishing.org/doi/10.1098/rsbl.2005.0345?url_ver=Z39.88-2003&rfr_id=ori:rid:crossref.org&rfr_dat=cr_pub=pubmed DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -