Reefs as cradles of evolution and sources of biodiversity in the Phanerozoic

Journal article


Publication Details

Author(s): Kießling W, Simpson C, Foote M
Journal: Science
Publisher: American Association for the Advancement of Science
Publication year: 2010
Volume: 327
Pages range: 196-198
ISSN: 0036-8075
eISSN: 1095-9203


Abstract


Large-scale biodiversity gradients among environments and habitats are usually attributed to a complex array of ecological and evolutionary factors. We tested the evolutionary component of such gradients by compiling the environments of the geologically oldest occurrences of marine genera and using sampling standardization to assess if originations tended to be clustered in particular environments. Shallow, tropical environments and carbonate substrates all tend to have harbored high origination rates. Diversity within these environments tended to be preferentially generated in reefs, probably because of their habitat complexity. Reefs were also prolific at exporting diversity to other environments, which might be a consequence of low-diversity habitats being more susceptible to invasions.



FAU Authors / FAU Editors

Kießling, Wolfgang Prof. Dr.
Lehrstuhl für Paläoumwelt


External institutions
Museum für Naturkunde
University of Chicago


How to cite

APA:
Kießling, W., Simpson, C., & Foote, M. (2010). Reefs as cradles of evolution and sources of biodiversity in the Phanerozoic. Science, 327, 196-198. https://dx.doi.org/10.1126/science.1182241

MLA:
Kießling, Wolfgang, Carl Simpson, and Michael Foote. "Reefs as cradles of evolution and sources of biodiversity in the Phanerozoic." Science 327 (2010): 196-198.

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