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On the eve of animal radiation: phylogeny, ecology and evolution of the Ediacara biota.
Trends Ecol Evol. 2009 Jan; 24(1):31-40.TE

Abstract

Ediacara fossils document an important evolutionary episode just before the Cambrian explosion and hold critical information about the early evolution of macroscopic and complex multicellular life. They also represent an enduring controversy in paleontology. How are the Ediacara fossils related to living animals? How did they live? Do they share any evolutionary patterns with other life forms? Recent developments indicate that Ediacara fossils epitomize a phylogenetically diverse biosphere, probably including animals, protists, algae, fungi and others. Their simple ecology is dominated by epibenthic osmotrophs, deposit feeders and grazers, but few if any predators. Their evolution started with an early morphospace expansion followed by taxonomic diversification within confined morphospace, and concluded by extinction of many taxa at the Ediacaran-Cambrian boundary.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Geosciences, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA 24061, USA. xiao@vt.eduNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
Review

Language

eng

PubMed ID

18952316

Citation

Xiao, Shuhai, and Marc Laflamme. "On the Eve of Animal Radiation: Phylogeny, Ecology and Evolution of the Ediacara Biota." Trends in Ecology & Evolution, vol. 24, no. 1, 2009, pp. 31-40.
Xiao S, Laflamme M. On the eve of animal radiation: phylogeny, ecology and evolution of the Ediacara biota. Trends Ecol Evol. 2009;24(1):31-40.
Xiao, S., & Laflamme, M. (2009). On the eve of animal radiation: phylogeny, ecology and evolution of the Ediacara biota. Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 24(1), 31-40. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tree.2008.07.015
Xiao S, Laflamme M. On the Eve of Animal Radiation: Phylogeny, Ecology and Evolution of the Ediacara Biota. Trends Ecol Evol. 2009;24(1):31-40. PubMed PMID: 18952316.
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TY - JOUR T1 - On the eve of animal radiation: phylogeny, ecology and evolution of the Ediacara biota. AU - Xiao,Shuhai, AU - Laflamme,Marc, Y1 - 2008/10/25/ PY - 2008/05/09/received PY - 2008/07/30/revised PY - 2008/07/30/accepted PY - 2008/10/28/pubmed PY - 2009/4/3/medline PY - 2008/10/28/entrez SP - 31 EP - 40 JF - Trends in ecology & evolution JO - Trends Ecol Evol VL - 24 IS - 1 N2 - Ediacara fossils document an important evolutionary episode just before the Cambrian explosion and hold critical information about the early evolution of macroscopic and complex multicellular life. They also represent an enduring controversy in paleontology. How are the Ediacara fossils related to living animals? How did they live? Do they share any evolutionary patterns with other life forms? Recent developments indicate that Ediacara fossils epitomize a phylogenetically diverse biosphere, probably including animals, protists, algae, fungi and others. Their simple ecology is dominated by epibenthic osmotrophs, deposit feeders and grazers, but few if any predators. Their evolution started with an early morphospace expansion followed by taxonomic diversification within confined morphospace, and concluded by extinction of many taxa at the Ediacaran-Cambrian boundary. SN - 0169-5347 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/18952316/On_the_eve_of_animal_radiation:_phylogeny_ecology_and_evolution_of_the_Ediacara_biota_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0169-5347(08)00306-6 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -
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