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Table of Contents

Preface vii

1 Overview 1

2 Deep time and actualism in paleoecological reconstruction 10

3 Ecology, paleoecology, and evolutionary paleoecology 17

4 Taphonomy 33

5 Bioturbation and trace fossils 52

6 Microbial structures 64

7 Across the great divide: Precambrian to Phanerozoic paleoecology 76

8 Phanerozoic level-bottom marine environments 95

9 Reefs, shell beds, cold seeps, and hydrothermal vents 114

10 Pelagic ecosystems 128

11 Terrestrial ecosystems 139

12 Ecological change through time 153

13 Ecological consequences of mass extinctions 175

14 Conservation paleoecology 203

Index 217

Color plate pages fall between pp. 1 and 42

About the Author

DAVID J. BOTTJER is Professor of Earth Sciences, Biological Sciences, and Environmental Studies at the University of Southern California. He is a Fellow of The Paleontological Society, the Geological Society of America, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and is an Editor-in-Chief for the journal, Palaeogeogaphy, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology. In 2014 he was awarded the Raymond C. Moore Medal for excellence in paleontology by the SEPM Society for Sedimentary Geology.

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