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    Population structure of graptolite assemblages

    Underwood, Charlie J. (1998) Population structure of graptolite assemblages. Lethaia 31 , pp. 33-41.


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    Graptolite rhabdosomes display a diverse suite of morphologies. The range of morphotypes present within most moderate to high diversity assemblages from the Ordovician and Silurian is similar, despite the different taxonomic composition of the faunas at different times. Survivorship analyses of graptolite faunas from the Ordovician and Silurian demonstrate strong similarities in the mortality rates of unrelated graptolites of similar functional morphology. It also shows a strong correlation of decreasing mortality rates amongst more mature colonies with increasing rhabdosome complexity. This similarity in both functional morphology and life history of graptolites suggests that they lived within a very stable planktic community structure.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Graptolites, ontogeny, palaeoecology, populations, survivorship.
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science > School of Natural Sciences
    Depositing User: Charles Underwood
    Date Deposited: 30 Mar 2005
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 16:45


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