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Article: An analysis of Devonian goniatite distributions

Special Papers in Palaeontology - No. 12 - Cover Image
Publication: Special Papers in Palaeontology
Number: 12
Thematic Volume: Organisms and continents through time: a symposium
Edited By: N. F. Hughes
Publication Date: 1973
Page(s): 305 318
Authored By: Michael R. House
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HOUSE, M. R. 1973. The biogeography of some Cainozoic Ostracoda. In HUGHES, N. F. (ed.). Organisms and continents through time. Special Papers in Palaeontology12, 305–318.

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A review is given of the characteristics of Devonian ammonoid distributions inferred qualitatively in relation to proposed continental positioning. Since ammonoids were subject to post-morten drifting comments are made on this in the light of a review of post-mortem drifting in Nautilus. This introduces a substantial uncertainty limiting quantitative analyses of goniatite distributions. Gross analysis of latitude diversity of goniatite genera is given and this gives some support for a proposed palaeoequator position. Other analyses document data on the supposed migration routes.

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