Special Issue "Paleoecology, Diversity, Taphonomy, Phylogeny, and Evolution of Paleozoic Fishes"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2023 | Viewed by 45415
Interests: fossils; phylogeny; palaeoecology; vertebrate paleontology; ecology and evolution; macroevolution; morphometrics; functional morphology; morphological analysis
Fish taxa, which contain all aquatic, non-tetrapod vertebrates, have had a major impact on the emergence and evolution of organisms and ecosystems across the vast majority of the Phanerozoic Eon. The first true craniate organism that could reasonably be called a fish (in a non-cladistic sense) appeared during the first period of the Paleozoic Era. This first appearance was rapidly followed by an evolutionary expansion that led to the wide diversity of extant and extinct fish groups by the end of the Paleozoic Era. Fishes are the most numerous and most diverse of all vertebrate groups. The evolution of fishes has given rise to anatomical features present in modern tetrapods. Furthermore, the rise and fall of specific groups and the ecosystems to which they belonged formed a part of many of the major ecological crises of the Paleozoic. Many fish taxa serve as model organisms today, and the relationship humans have to the fishes in general is likely as long-standing as the relationship of humans to aquatic environments themselves.
In this Special Issue, we will take an opportunity to highlight and promote new research into the fossil record of Paleozoic fish taxa. We think that it is important to examine fishes as a group as well as individual taxa from the perspectives of their paleo-ecology, their diversity across time and space, the taphonomy of well preserved konservat lagerstatten or high volume deposits (bone beds), their relationships to one another, as well as their evolution in both the narrow and broad sense. We invite manuscripts that focus on these issues with the goal of creating a platform from which future research can build upon and advance our knowledge of these topics as they apply to such fundamentally significant vertebrates.
Prof. Dr. Charles Ciampaglio
Dr. Ryan C. Shell
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