HISTORICAL TESTS OF THE ABSOLUTE COMPLETENESS OF THE FOSSIL RECORD OF TETRAPODS

WD MAXWELL*, Mike J Benton

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Six compilations of fossil tetrapod families, spanning 100 years, each contain a broadly similar diversity pattern since the Upper Devonian. Comparison of four recent data bases, one of which is derived from a strict cladistic treatment, reveals widespread taxonomic and stratigraphic inaccuracies in three earlier data bases. Improvement of our interpretation of the tetrapod fossil record will come through continued taxonomic and stratigraphic revision as well as discovery of new fossils.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)322-335
Number of pages14
JournalPaleobiology
Volume16
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1990

Keywords

  • EXTINCTIONS
  • DIVERSITY
  • GAPS

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