Paleontology in Ecology and Conservation: An Introduction

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    Paleontology is the study of past life. The geological record preserves the history of individual organisms, populations, communities, ecosystems and earth systems through millions of years. It is a unique resource for understanding the dynamics that have shaped our current biota, and developing evidence-based models that will allow us to predict how organisms will respond to future changes to habitat, climate and the anthropogenic manipulation of communities and ecosystems. This book provides examples of the use of paleontological data in ecology and conservation science and illustrates how the addition of data from the fossil record can lead to novel insights and developments. It examines possible future directions in paleoecology and conservation paleobiology.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationPaleontology in Ecology and Conservation
    Editors Julien Louys
    Place of PublicationBerlin
    PublisherSpringer-Verlag, Heidelberg
    ISBN (Print)9783642250378
    Publication statusPublished - 2012


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