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Contrasting Early Ordovician assembly patterns highlight the complex initial stages of the Ordovician Radiation

Abstract : The Early Ordovician is a key interval for our understanding of the evolution of life on Earth as it lays at the transition between the Cambrian Explosion and the Ordovician Radiation and because the fossil record of the late Cambrian is scarce. In this study, assembly processes of Early Ordovician trilobite and echinoderm communities from the Central Anti-Atlas (Morocco), the Montagne Noire (France), and the Cordillera Oriental (Argentina) are explored. The results show that dispersal increased diachronically in trilobite communities during the Early Ordovician. Dispersal did not increase for echinoderms. Dispersal was most probably proximally triggered by the planktic revolution, the fall in seawater temperatures, changes in oceanic circulation, with an overall control by tectonic frameworks and phylogenetic constraints. The diachronous increase in dispersal within trilobite communities in the Early Ordovician highlights the complexity of ecosystem structuring during the early stages of the Ordovician Radiation. As Early Ordovician regional dispersal was followed by well-documented continental dispersal in the Middle/Late Ordovician, it is possible to consider that alongside a global increase in taxonomic richness, the Ordovician Radiation is also characterized by a gradual increase in dispersal.
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Farid Saleh, Pauline Guenser, Corentin Gibert, Diego Balseiro, Fernanda Serra, et al.. Contrasting Early Ordovician assembly patterns highlight the complex initial stages of the Ordovician Radiation. Scientific Reports, 2022, 12, ⟨10.1038/s41598-022-07822-z⟩. ⟨insu-03710171v2⟩



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