Exploring the major depletions of conodont diversity during the Triassic

Carlos Martínez-Pérez*, Borja Cascales-Miñana, Pablo Plasencia, Héctor Botella

*Corresponding author for this work

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In this paper, we show that the Triassic fossil record reflects just two great depletions of conodont diversity before the Rhaetian, which occurred in the Smithian (Olenekian, Early Triassic) and in the Julian (Carnian, Late Triassic). By exploring this context, our results highlighted that they respond to different origination–extinction dynamics. Thus, while the Smithian diversity depletion can be interpreted as a consequence of elevated extinction, the Julian diversity depletion was triggered by fluctuations in origination regime. This evidence suggests that, despite the role of extinction on diversity losses, conodonts suffered crucial changes on the origination regimes during the Late Triassic which triggered these events. Notwithstanding, our results indicate that the end-Triassic diversity depletion of conodonts was produced by background extinction levels in a context of lower origination. This suggests that several biological factors, rather than a unique, environmental and/or cyclic cause, could have influenced the evolutionary history of conodonts during the Triassic.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)503-507
Number of pages5
JournalHistorical Biology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015


  • diversity change
  • diversity depletion
  • origination regime
  • proportional extinction
  • Triassic conodonts


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