The Furongian (late Cambrian) Biodiversity Gap: Real or apparent?

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Abstract

Two major, extended diversifications punctuated the evolution of marine life during the Early Palaeozoic. The interregnum, however, between the Cambrian Explosion and the Great Ordovician Biodiversification Event, is exemplified by the Furongian Gap when there was a marked drop in biodiversity. It is unclear whether the gap is apparent, due to sampling failure or lack of rock, or real — associated with unique and fluctuating environments, a distinctive palaeogeography and extreme climates during the late Cambrian. Indications suggest that there has been little attention paid to this interval compared with those below and above, while some of the classical areas for Cambrian research, such as Bohemia, have poor coverage through the Furongian. Moreover, based on information available in databases and the literature, together with the ghost ranges of many higher taxa through the Furongian, data suggest that biodiversity in this stage has been significantly underestimated. Emphasis, to date, has been placed on widespread, deeper-water dark shale facies of the interval, with generally low diversity faunas, whereas shallow-water communities have often been neglected.

Detaljer

Författare
Enheter & grupper
Externa organisationer
  • Durham University
  • Northwest University (China)
  • Naturhistoriska riksmuseet
  • University of Lille Nord de France
  • Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Forskningsområden

Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ) – OBLIGATORISK

  • Geologi

Nyckelord

Originalspråkengelska
Sidor (från-till)4-12
TidskriftPalaeoworld
Volym28
Utgivningsnummer1-2
Tidigt onlinedatum2019 feb 12
StatusPublished - 2019
PublikationskategoriForskning
Peer review utfördJa