New insights into the diversity dynamics of Triassic conodonts

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

*Corresponding author for this work

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In this paper, we examine the diversity trends and the evolutionary patterns of Triassic conodonts through a newly powered large-scale data-set compiled directly from the primary literature. Paleodiversity dynamics analyses have been undertaken by working at the species level and using a system of time units based on biozone subdivisions for a fine temporal level resolution. The role of heterogeneous duration of taxa in diversity estimates has been evaluated through the probabilistic profiles. Results reveal three different stages in the diversity behaviour of Triassic conodonts from standing metrics delimited by two inflections at the mid-Anisian and mid-Carnian. Survivorship analysis supports this pattern. Origination-extinction metrics report a diversification pattern characterised by important fluctuations during the Lopingian-Induan (earliest Triassic), the early-middle Olenekian (Early Triassic) and the Anisian-Ladinian transitions (Middle Triassic), as well as in the early Late Triassic. In addition, two clear diversification peaks are observed in the late Carnian and in the end-Norian. Reported patterns are interpreted in the context of deep extinction and environmental instability by documenting the biological signal of the main diversification and turnover patterns observed from such records. This study emphasises the singularity behaviour of diversity trends derived from the conodont record. © 2013 © 2013 Taylor & Francis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)591-602
Number of pages12
JournalHistorical Biology
Issue number5
Early online date22 Jul 2013
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • conodonts
  • diversity estimates
  • extinction dynamics
  • paleontological data analysis
  • probability of surviving
  • Triassic

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