Ecology needs a palaeontological perspective

Louys, Julien, Wilkinson, David M. and Bishop, Laura C. (2012). Ecology needs a palaeontological perspective. In Julien Louys (Ed.), Paleontology in ecology and conservation (pp. 23-38) Berlin, Germany: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-642-25038-5_3


Author Louys, Julien
Wilkinson, David M.
Bishop, Laura C.
Title of chapter Ecology needs a palaeontological perspective
Title of book Paleontology in ecology and conservation
Place of Publication Berlin, Germany
Publisher Springer
Publication Year 2012
Sub-type Chapter in textbook
DOI 10.1007/978-3-642-25038-5_3
Series Springer Earth System Sciences
ISBN 9783642250378
Editor Julien Louys
Chapter number 3
Start page 23
End page 38
Total pages 16
Total chapters 13
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract/Summary General ecological theories have paid scant attention to the information preserved in the fossil record. However, in order for an ecological theory to be truly general, it must hold in any ecosystem at any point in time. Here, we make the case that all modern ecological theories should be tested in geological time. We explore some of the limitations of the fossil record when examined in light of modern ecology. While there are fundamental differences between the way modern ecosystems and fossil ones are studied, we demonstrate that comparisons between the two are not impossible. We present three major research areas where fossil information has been successfully used to inform modern ecological thought; namely community ecology, biogeography and extinction studies. These examples also serve to highlight ecological issues that could not have been conceived purely on the basis of modern data. We advocate a much stronger interaction between modern ecologists and paleontologists in addressing present and future ecological questions.
Keyword Neoecology
Paleoecology
Community ecology
Community ecology
Biogeography
Extinction
Q-Index Code BX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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