Quantifying the Evolution of Early Life

Numerical Approaches to the Evaluation of Fossils and Ancient Ecosystems

  • Marc Laflamme
  • James D. Schiffbauer
  • Stephen Q. Dornbos

Part of the Topics in Geobiology book series (TGBI, volume 36)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Numerical Methods

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Marc Laflamme, Michelle M. Casey
      Pages 49-71
    3. Lindsey R. Leighton
      Pages 73-109
    4. Andrew M. Bush, Richard K. Bambach, Douglas H. Erwin
      Pages 111-133
    5. Katherine N. Marenco, David J. Bottjer
      Pages 135-160
    6. Amelinda E. Webb, Lindsey R. Leighton
      Pages 185-220
  3. Technological Approaches

  4. Back Matter
    Pages 451-462

About this book


This volume provides a detailed description of a wide range of numerical, statistical or modeling techniques and novel instrumentation separated into individual chapters written by paleontologists with expertise in the given methodology. Each chapter outlines the strengths and limitations of specific numerical or technological approaches, and ultimately applies the chosen method to a real fossil dataset or sample type. A unifying theme throughout the book is the evaluation of fossils during the prologue and epilogue of one of the most exciting events in Earth History: the Cambrian radiation.


Cambrian radiation Early animal evolution Ediacara biota Numerical methods Technical methods

Editors and affiliations

  • Marc Laflamme
    • 1
  • James D. Schiffbauer
    • 2
  • Stephen Q. Dornbos
    • 3
  1. 1., Smithsonian Postdoctoral Fellow, DepartmSmithsonian Institution, National MuseumWashingtonUSA
  2. 2., Department of GeosciencesVirginia Polytechnic InstituteBlacksburgUSA
  3. 3., Department of GeosciencesUniversity of Wisconsin-MilwaukeeMilwaukeeUSA

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