The impact of the Pull of the Recent on the history of marine diversity

David Jablonski, Kaustuv Roy, James W. Valentine, Rebecca M. Price, Philip S. Anderson

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Up to 50% of the increase in marine animal biodiversity through the Cenozoic at the genus level has been attributed to a sampling bias termed "the Pull of the Recent," the extension of stratigraphic ranges of fossil taxa by the relatively complete sampling of the Recent biota. However, 906 of 958 living genera and subgenera of bivalve mollusks having a fossil record occur in the Pliocene or Pleistocene. The Pull of the Recent thus accounts for only 5% of the Cenozoic increase in bivalve diversity, a major component of the marine record, suggesting that the diversity increase is likely to be a genuine biological pattern.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1133-1135
Number of pages3
Issue number5622
StatePublished - May 16 2003
Externally publishedYes

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