The biogeographical imprint of mass extinctions

Journal article
(Original article)

Publication Details

Author(s): Kocsis Á, Reddin CJ, Kießling W
Journal: Proceedings of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences
Publisher: ROYAL SOC
Publication year: 2018
Volume: 285
Journal issue: 1878
ISSN: 0962-8452


Mass extinctions are defined by extinction rates significantly above background levels and have had substantial consequences for the evolution of life. Geographically selective extinctions, subsequent originations and species redistributions may have changed global biogeographical structure, but quantification of this change is lacking. In order to assess quantitatively the bio-geographical impact of mass extinctions, we outline time-traceable bioregions for benthic marine species across the Phanerozoic using a compositional network. Mass extinction events are visually recognizable in the geographical depiction of bioregions. The end-Permian extinction stands out with a severe reduction of provinciality. Time series of biogeographical turnover represent a novel aspect of the analysis of mass extinctions, confirming concentration of changes in the geographical distribution of benthic marine life.

FAU Authors / FAU Editors

Kießling, Wolfgang Prof. Dr.
Lehrstuhl für Paläoumwelt
Kocsis, Ádám Dr.
Lehrstuhl für Paläoumwelt
Reddin, Carl James
Lehrstuhl für Paläoumwelt

Research Fields

Climate & palaeoenvironment
Lehrstuhl für Geologie (Exogene Dynamik)
Climate and Resources
Research focus area of a faculty: Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät

How to cite

Kocsis, Á., Reddin, C.J., & Kießling, W. (2018). The biogeographical imprint of mass extinctions. Proceedings of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences, 285(1878).

Kocsis, Ádám, Carl James Reddin, and Wolfgang Kießling. "The biogeographical imprint of mass extinctions." Proceedings of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences 285.1878 (2018).


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