Figure 1 - Global biodiversity change at family level through the early Palaeozoic era.


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Asteroid breakup linked to the Great Ordovician Biodiversification Event

Birger Schmitz, David A. T. Harper, Bernhard Peucker-Ehrenbrink, Svend Stouge, Carl Alwmark, Anders Cronholm, Stig M. Bergström, Mario Tassinari & Wang Xiaofeng

Nature Geoscience 1, 49 - 53 (2008) Published online: 16 December 2007

doi:10.1038/ngeo.2007.37

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Although this diagram from Sepkoski (1995; ref. 15) gives a good representation of the overall biodiversity trend, the resolution is too crude for correlation with field data. Trem.=Tremadocian (Global) and Tremadoc (British), Ash.=Ashgill, Lland.=Llandovery, We.=Wenlock, Lud.=Ludlow, F.=Floian, Dap.=Dapingian, Sand.=Sandbian, H.=Hirnantian.

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