The early development of terrestrial ecosystems

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New work on the fossil record of early terrestrial ecosystems is challenging the validity of the accepted picture of their development. In particular, palaeoecologists are learning of the dangers of drawing analogies between Palaeozoic organisms and their modern counterparts, and are beginning to rely more on direct inferences from the fossils themselves.

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Shear, W. The early development of terrestrial ecosystems. Nature 351, 283–289 (1991). https://doi.org/10.1038/351283a0

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