Neoproterozoic Geobiology and Paleobiology

Department of Geosciences,

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University,

Blacksburg, VA 24061, USA

ALAN J. KAUFMAN

Department of Geology, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20743, USA

Edited by

SHUHAI XIAO

A C.I.P. Catalogue record for this book is available from the Library of Congress.

ISBN-10 1-4020-5201-4 (HB) ISBN-13 978-1-4020-5201-9 (HB) ISBN-10 1-4020-5202-2 (e-book) ISBN-13 978-1-4020-5202-6 (e-book)

Published by Springer,

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Printed on acid-free paper

Cover illustrations: Multicellular algal fossils from the Neoproterozoic Doushantuo Formation at Weng'an, Guizhou Province, South China.

All photographs courtesy of Dr. Xunlai Yuan at Nanjing Institute of Geology and Paleontology.

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Aims & Scope Topics in Geobiology Book Series

Topics in Geobiology series treats geobiology - the broad discipline that covers the history of life on Earth. The series aims for high quality, scholarly volumes of original research as well as broad reviews. Recent volumes have showcased a variety of organisms including cephalopods, corals, and rodents. They discuss the biology of these organisms-their ecology, phylogeny, and mode of life - and in addition, their fossil record - their distribution in time and space.

Other volumes are more theme based such as predator-prey relationships, skeletal mineralization, paleobiogeography, and approaches to high resolution stratigraphy, that cover a broad range of organisms. One theme that is at the heart of the series is the interplay between the history of life and the changing environment. This is treated in skeletal mineralization and how such skeletons record environmental signals and animal-sediment relationships in the marine environment.

The series editors also welcome any comments or suggestions for future volumes;

Series Editors:

Douglas S. Jones [email protected] Neil H. Landman [email protected]

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