Special Issue "Paleontology and Geo/Biological Evolution"
A special issue of Geosciences (ISSN 2076-3263).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 July 2012)
Prof. Dr. George D. Stanley, Jr. (Website)
Department of Geosciences, The University of Montana, 32 Campus Drive #1296, Missoula, MT 59812, USA
Fax: +1 406 243 4028
Interests: invertebrate paleontology & paleoecology; Triassic to Jurassic reefs and corals faunas; recovery from mass extinctions; Cambrian soft-bodied lagerstatten; using fossils to reconstruct paleogeography of displaced tectonic terranes
Life has been an amazing phenomenon and as far as we know, it is confined to planet Earth. Paleontology and ancient life are one of the most important forces on the planet. Our biosphere, atmosphere and lithosphere has been influenced and indeed in many respects, controlled by the evolution of life during the past 3.5 billion years. Some of these changes have been gradual while others were geologically sudden. The interactions of tectonics, oceans and climate have changed through time, dramatically affecting the Earth’s paleontological and sedimentary record and the course of biotic evolution. Biological evolution also has been affected by forces from outside the planet including interactions with extraterrestrial bodies. This special issue will examine the fossil record and geo-biological evolution, focusing on two major themes: 1) important and unique events controlling the history of life through time and 2) important geo/biological themes that weave their way through time.
Prof. Dr. George D. Stanley, Jr.