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Palaeontology, the biogeohistory of Victoria

Warne, Mark, Archbold, N.W., Bock, P.E., Darragh, T.A., Dettmann, M.E., Douglas, J.G., Gratsianova, R.T., Grover, M., Holloway, D.J., Holmes, F.C., Irwin, R.P., Jell, P.A., Long, J.A., Mawson, R., Partridge, A.D., Pickett, J.W., Rich, T.H., Richardson, J.R., Simpson, A.J., Talent, J.A. and Vandenberg, A.H.M. 2003, Palaeontology, the biogeohistory of Victoria. In Birch, William D., Slots, Mireille and Ferguson, John A. (ed), Geology of Victoria, Geological Society of Australia, Victoria Division, Melbourne, Vic, pp.605-652.

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Title Palaeontology, the biogeohistory of Victoria
Author(s) Warne, MarkORCID iD for Warne, Mark
Archbold, N.W.
Bock, P.E.
Darragh, T.A.
Dettmann, M.E.
Douglas, J.G.
Gratsianova, R.T.
Grover, M.
Holloway, D.J.
Holmes, F.C.
Irwin, R.P.
Jell, P.A.
Long, J.A.
Mawson, R.
Partridge, A.D.
Pickett, J.W.
Rich, T.H.
Richardson, J.R.
Simpson, A.J.
Talent, J.A.
Vandenberg, A.H.M.
Title of book Geology of Victoria
Editor(s) Birch, William D.
Slots, Mireille
Ferguson, John A.
Publication date 2003
Series Special publication (Geological Society of Australia) ; 23.
Chapter number 22
Total chapters 27
Start page 605
End page 652
Total pages 48
Publisher Geological Society of Australia, Victoria Division
Place of Publication Melbourne, Vic
Keyword(s) Geology -- Australia
Summary The broad-scale distribution of fossils within Victoria is controlled by general global patterns in the biological evolution of life on Earth, the local development and environmental evolution of habitats, and the occurrence of geological processes conducive to the preservation of fossil floras and faunas. Early Palaeozoic fossils are mostly marine in origin because of the predominance of marine sedimentary rocks in Victoria and because life on land was not significant during most of this time interval. Middle Palaeozoic sequences have both terrestrial and marine fossil records. Within Victoria, marine rocks are only very minor components of strata deposited during the late Palaeozoic, so that few marine fossils are known from this time period. A similar situation existed during most of the Mesozoic except towards the end of this era when marine conditions began to prevail in the Bass Strait region. During long intervals in the Cainozoic, large areas of Victoria were flooded by shallow-marine seas, particularly in the southern basins of Bass Strait, as well as in the northwest of the State (Murray Basin). Cainozoic sediments contain an extraordinary range of animal and plant fossils. During the Quaternary, the landscape of Victoria became, and continues to be, dominated by continental environments including, at times, extensive freshwater lake systems. Fossil floras and faunas from sediments deposited in these lake systems and from other continental sediments, as well as from Quaternary sediments deposited in marginal marine environments, collectively record a history of rapid fluctuations in climate and sea level.
Notes Included with the permission of the Geological Society of Australia
ISBN 1876125330
ISSN 0072-1085
Edition 3rd ed
Language eng
Field of Research 040308 Palaeontology (incl Palynology)
Socio Economic Objective 970104 Expanding Knowledge in the Earth Sciences
HERDC Research category B1 Book chapter
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