Skip to content Skip to navigation

Article: The shape of the Phanerozoic marine palaeodiversity curve: how much can be predicted from the sedimentary rock record of Western Europe?

Publication: Palaeontology
Volume: 50
Part: 4
Publication Date: July 2007
Page(s): 765 774
Author(s): Andrew B. Smith and Alistair J. McGowan
Addition Information

How to Cite

SMITH, A. B., MCGOWAN, A. J. 2007. The shape of the Phanerozoic marine palaeodiversity curve: how much can be predicted from the sedimentary rock record of Western Europe?. Palaeontology50, 4, 765–774.

Online Version Hosted By

Wiley Online Library
Get Article: Wiley Online Library [Pay-to-View Access] |


  • ALROY, J., et al. (24 others) 2001. Effects of sampling standardization on estimates of Phanerozoic marine diversification. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA, 98, 6261–6266.
  • BENTON, M. J. 1995. Diversity and extinction in the history of life. Science, 268, 52–58.
  • BENTON, M. J. and EMERSON, B. C. 2007. How did life become so diverse? The dynamics of diversification according to the fossil record and molecular phylogenetics. Palaeontology, 50, 23–40.
  • COOPER, R. A., MAXWELL, P. A., CRAMPTON, J. S., BEU, A. G., JONES, C. M. and MARSHALL, B. A. 2006. Completeness of the fossil record: estimating losses due to small body size. Geology, 34, 241–244.
  • CRAMPTON, J. S., BEAU, A. G., COOPER, R. A., JONES, C. A., MARSHALL, B. and MAXWELL, P. A. 2003. Estimating the rock volume bias in paleobiodiversity studies. Science, 301, 358–360.
  • CRAMPTON, J. S., FOOTE, M., BEAU, A. G., COOPER, R. A., MATCHAM, I., JONES, C. M., MAXWELL, P. A. and MARSHALL, B. 2006a. Second-order sequence stratigraphic controls on the quality of the fossil record at an active margin: New Zealand Eocene to Recent shelf molluscs. Palaios, 21, 86–105.
  • CRAMPTON, J. S., FOOTE, M., BEAU, A. G., MAXWELL, P. A., COOPER, R. A., MATCHAM, I., MARSHALL, B. and JONES, C. M. 2006b. The ark was full! Constant to declining Cenozoic shallow marine biodiversity on an isolated midlatitude continent. Paleobiology, 32, 509–532.
  • DEWEY, J. F. and PITMAN, W. C. 1998. Sea-level changes: mechanisms, magnitudes and rates. 1–16. In Pindell, J. L. and Drake, C. L. (eds). Paleogeographic evolution and non-glacial eustacy, northern South America. SEPM, Special Publication, 58, 324 pp.
  • FISCHER, A. G. 1984. The two Phanerozoic supercycles. 129–150. In BERGGREN, W. A. and VAN COUVERING, J. A. (eds). Catastrophes and Earth history. Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ, 464 pp.
  • FOOTE, M. 2003. Origination and extinction through the Phanerozoic: a new approach. Journal of Geology, 111, 125–148.
  • FOOTE, M. 2005. Pulsed origination and extinction in the marine realm. Paleobiology, 31, 6–20.
  • GRACIANSKY, P.-C. de, HARDENBOL, J., JACQUIN, T. and VAIL, P. R. (eds) 1998. Mesozoic–Cenozoic sequence stratigraphy of European basins. SEPM, Special Publication, 60 .
  • GRADSTEIN, F. M., OGG, J. G. and SMITH, A. G. 2004. A geologic time scale 2004. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, xix + 589 pp.
  • HAMMER, Ø., HARPER, D. A. T. and RYAN, P. D. 2001. PAST: Paleontological statistics software package for education and data analysis. Palaeontologia Electronica, 4. .
  • HILBORN, R. and MANGEL, M. 1997. The ecological detective: confronting models with data. Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ, 315 pp.
  • JABLONSKI, D. 2005. Mass extinctions and macroevolution. Paleobiology, 31, 192–210.
  • JABLONSKI, D. and BOTTJER, D. J. 1990. Onshore-offshore trends in marine invertebrate evolution. 21–75. In ROSS, R. M. and ALLMON, W. D. (eds). Causes of evolution: a paleontological perspective. University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL, 479 pp.
  • JABLONSKI, D., Roy, G., Valentine, J. W., Price, R. M. and Anderson, P. S. 2003. The impact of the Pull of the Recent on the history of marine diversity. Science, 300, 1133–1135.
  • JACKSON, J. B. C. and JOHNSON, K. G. 2001. Measuring past biodiversity. Science, 293, 2401–2403.
  • KIDWELL, S. M. and HOLLAND, S. M. 2002. The quality of the fossil record. Annual Review of Ecology and Systematics, 33, 561–588.
  • MILLER, K. G., KOMINZ, M. A., BROWNING, J. V., WRIGHT, J. D., MOUNTAIN, G. S., KATZ, M. E., SUGARMAN, P. J., CRAMER, B. S., CHRISTIE-BLICK, N. and PEKAR, S. F. 2005. The Phanerozoic record of global sea-level change. Science, 310, 1293–1297.
  • NEWELL, N. D. 1952. Periodicity in invertebrate evolution. Journal of Paleontology, 26, 371–385.
  • NEWELL, N. D. 1967. Revolutions in the history of life. Geological Society of America, Special Paper, 89, 63–91.
  • PETERS, S. E. 2005. Geological constraints on the macroevolutionary history of marine animals. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA, 102, 12,326–12,331.
  • PETERS, S. E. and FOOTE, M. 2001. Biodiversity in the Phanerozoic: a reinterpretation. Paleobiology, 27, 583–601.
  • PETERS, S. E. and FOOTE, M. 2002. Determinants of extinction in the fossil record. Nature, 416, 420–424.
  • RAUP, D. M. 1972. Taxonomic diversity during the Phanerozoic. Science, 177, 1065–1071.
  • RAUP, D. M. 1976. Species diversity in the Phanerozoic; an interpretation. Paleobiology, 2, 289–297.
  • ROHDE, R. A. and MULLER, R. A. 2005. Cycles in fossil diversity. Nature, 434, 208–210.
  • SEPKOSKI, J. J. 1996. Patterns of Phanerozoic extinction: a perspective from global data bases. 35–51. In WALLISER, O. H. (ed.). Global events and event stratigraphy. Springer, Berlin, 333 pp.
  • SEPKOSKI, J. J. 1997. Biodiversity: past, present, and future. Journal of Paleontology, 71, 533–539.
  • SEPKOSKI, J. J. 2002. A compendium of fossil marine animal genera. Bulletins of American Paleontology, 363, 1–560.
  • SEPKOSKI, J. J., BAMBACH, R. K., RAUP, D. M. and VALENTINE, J. W. 1981. Phanerozoic marine diversity and the fossil record. Nature, 293, 435–437.
  • SMITH, A. B. 2001. Large-scale heterogeneity of the fossil record: implications for Phanerozoic biodiversity studies. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, B, 356, 351–367.
  • SMITH, A. B. in press. Phanerozoic marine diversity: problems and prospects. Journal of the Geological Society, London, 164.
  • SMITH, A. B. and McGOWAN, A. J. 2005. Cyclicity in the fossil record mirrors rock outcrop area. Biological Letters, 2, 1–3.
  • SMITH, A. B., GALE, A. S. and MONKS, N. E. A. 2001. Sea-level change and rock record bias in the Cretaceous: a problem for extinction and biodiversity studies. Paleobiology, 27, 241–253.
  • STILLE, H. 1924. Grundfragen der ververfleichenden Tektonik. Borntraeger, Berlin, 443 pp.
  • WORSLEY, T. R., NANCE, R. D. and MOODY, J. B. 1986. Tectonic cycles and the history of the earth's biogeochemical and paleoceanographic record. Paleoceanography, 1, 233–263.
PalAss Go! URL: | Twitter: Share on Twitter | Facebook: Share on Facebook | Google+: Share on Google+