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    Palaeogeographical controls on the Cambrian trilobite immigration and evolutionary patterns reported in the western Gondwana margin
Statement of responsibility
    José Javier Álvaro, Olaf Elicki, Gerd Geyer, Adrian W.A. Rushton
Other titles
    Early Palaeozoic Palaeo(bio)geographies of Western Europe and North Africa (Variant.)
    Álvaro, José Javier
    Elicki, Olaf
    Geyer, Gerd
    Rushton, Adrian W. A.
    Shergold, John H.
Source title - serial
    Palaeogeography, palaeoclimatology, palaeoecology
    Vol. 195, no. 1-2
    p. 5-35
    6 obr., 5 s. bibl.
    Zkr. název ser.: Palaeogeogr. Palaeoclimatol. Palaeoecol.
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Geographical name
    Jince (Příbram)
    Skryje (Rakovník)
    Týřovice (Rakovník)
    Velká Británie
Abstract (in english)
   Southward drifting of the western Gondwanan margin during the Cambrian has been demonstrated by means of both palaeomagnetic methods and lithological indicators of climate (such as carbonates and evaporites). Recent improvements in biostratigraphical correlations permit an enhanced understanding of the climatic and palaeobiogeographical constraints that controlled the distribution of Cambrian benthic communities. Palaeogeographical and biogeographical reconstructions based on trilobites are reported in this paper in order to test interaction between migration, speciation and extinction rates. The variability of the documented biogeographical patterns is directly related to species diversity, in which wider distribution coincides with transgressive trends and subsequent connection of neighbouring platforms. Early Cambrian trilobite faunas show a high degree of both substrate control and endemicity, although transgressions led to parallel shifts in faunal compositions.
   By contrast, Mid-Cambrian trilobite faunas are relatively uniform across western Gondwana, and latest Mid- and Late Cambrian associations document influence of an increased similarity with Asian trilobite faunas
    Česká geologická služba
Contributor code
    ČGS (UNM)
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Entered date
    4. 12. 2007
Import date
    8. 8. 2012